Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 97–105 | Cite as

About Collaborative Poetry Writing

  • Karen Chase


This paper describes how a poet at work in a mental hospital can help chronic patients recapture the use of language and expressiveness. Methods of collaborative poetry writing are described, as well as the rationale for the use of this approach. A variety of cases and methods are discussed.


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen Chase
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  1. 1.Westchester DivisionNew York Hospital-Cornell Medical CenterWhite PlainsUSA

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