What is Poetry Therapy?
To quote the National Coalition of Creative Arts Therapies Associations: “Poetry
therapy and bibliotherapy are terms used synonymously to describe the
intentional use of poetry and other forms of literature for healing and personal
growth. The term “biblio” means books and, by extension, literature. “Therapy”
is derived from the Greek word “therapeia” meaning “to serve or help
What does a Poetry Therapist do?
As Kay Adams, past President of the National Association for Poetry Therapy
“We work in many settings where people deal with personal and communal
pain and the search for growth. As poetry therapists, we use all forms of
literature and the language arts. We believe in the power of poems, stories,
journals, fairy tales, folk tales, memoirs and songs to help in the healing
process. We are united by our love of the word and our passion for enhancing the lives
of others and ourselves. We strive to make poetry, writing and journaling more
accessible to others. (We) continue in our work together to increase the
recognition of poetry therapy as we utilize the therapeutic and evocative
potential of poetry, literature and writing.”
It is my purpose to offer the journal to anyone as an invaluable instrument for healing, growth, and discovery, and to share the gift of poetry with anyone who has a desire to be transformed through the power of words.