Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 143–151 | Cite as

Poetry and Children of Alcoholics: Breaking the Silence

  • Martha Dyer


This paper addresses the use of poetry as a therapeutic means of breaking silence with survivors of an alcoholic household. The author examines some of her own poetry as descent images and links ancient myth to the journey of contemporary women.


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Martha Dyer
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  1. 1.Department of Art Education, Art Therapy ProgramUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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