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Of course not all great art has its genesis in pain, and not all pain - not even a fraction - leads to the partial consolations of art. But if lancing an abscess is the surest way to healing, can poetry offer that same cleansing of emotional wounds? Shaping the Fractured Self showcases twenty-eight of Australia's finest poets who happen to live with chronic illness and pai Of course not all great art has its genesis in pain, and not all pain - not even a fraction - leads to the partial consolations of art. But if lancing an abscess is the surest way to healing, can poetry offer that same cleansing of emotional wounds? Shaping the Fractured Self showcases twenty-eight of Australia's finest poets who happen to live with chronic illness and pain. The autobiographical short essays, in conjunction with the three poems from each of the poets, capture the body in trauma in its many and varied moods. Because those who live with chronic illness and pain experience shifts in their relationship to it on a yearly, monthly or daily basis, so do the words they use to describe it. Shaping the Fractured Self gives voice to sufferers, carers, medical practitioners and researchers, building understanding in a community of caring.


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Of course not all great art has its genesis in pain, and not all pain - not even a fraction - leads to the partial consolations of art. But if lancing an abscess is the surest way to healing, can poetry offer that same cleansing of emotional wounds? Shaping the Fractured Self showcases twenty-eight of Australia's finest poets who happen to live with chronic illness and pai Of course not all great art has its genesis in pain, and not all pain - not even a fraction - leads to the partial consolations of art. But if lancing an abscess is the surest way to healing, can poetry offer that same cleansing of emotional wounds? Shaping the Fractured Self showcases twenty-eight of Australia's finest poets who happen to live with chronic illness and pain. The autobiographical short essays, in conjunction with the three poems from each of the poets, capture the body in trauma in its many and varied moods. Because those who live with chronic illness and pain experience shifts in their relationship to it on a yearly, monthly or daily basis, so do the words they use to describe it. Shaping the Fractured Self gives voice to sufferers, carers, medical practitioners and researchers, building understanding in a community of caring.

41 review for Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of chronic illness and pain

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ely

    There were a couple of poets in here that I really liked the work of and I really like the idea of this collection—I was just hoping for a bit more diversity in here. Honestly, I was just hoping for one diabetic poet within the group.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    Firstly (and most importantly) it is wonderful that a book like this has been published, giving a voice to those with chronic illnesses who opinions are often not valued. Poetry can be very subjective and personal, and this book has many different authors — which is why I haven’t put a rating. While some contributors poems I liked, inevitably there were others that weren’t my taste. In addition to the poems each contributor wrote an introduction which became especially helpful for context of the Firstly (and most importantly) it is wonderful that a book like this has been published, giving a voice to those with chronic illnesses who opinions are often not valued. Poetry can be very subjective and personal, and this book has many different authors — which is why I haven’t put a rating. While some contributors poems I liked, inevitably there were others that weren’t my taste. In addition to the poems each contributor wrote an introduction which became especially helpful for context of the more abstract works, and these were worthwhile reads in themselves. Another positive was the inclusion of people with illnesses that are less talked about such as Marfan’s, POTS, TMJ and Ménière’s disease. I’d recommend this book to others who are chronically ill and those close to people with chronic illnesses.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Esots

    Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain. An honest set of stories and poems on the struggle against the enemies - pain and illness. The more open the accounts the better. This was a library book that I renewed but would like to own. From the University of Western Australia Publishers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    This was not a cover to cover read for me though it most certainly could be enjoyed that way. Regrettably I am not too skilled at understanding or appreciating poetry. I did, however, find the narration at the start by each contributing author very very interesting which added I hope to my empathy for people in their situation. Ideal I think for reading in between other reading.

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    Ally McCudden

    This could have been great - but I just wanted more. It fell flat and didn’t make me feel a thing.

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