Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 20–24 | Cite as

Healing Images in Poetry: Liberating Creativity and Nurturing the Self

  • Mary Quattlebaum


Living creatively and fluidly often depends on an adult’s ability to play. A workshop was designed to enhance awareness of the importance of play for adults and to provide imaging strategies helpful to therapists, teachers and poets.


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Quattlebaum
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  1. 1.Children’s HospitalNational Medical CenterWashington, D.C.

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