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Mary Oliver Saved My Life

Dispatch from the National Association for Poetry Therapy’s annual conference.
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At the National Association for Poetry Therapy’s annual conference, the participants swap stories, poems, and their doctor’s numbers. Greg Cook reports on a subculture of people looking to poetry to help them cope with illness and “find coherence in this mad journey.”

BOSTON, SPRING 2006—I am at the National Association for Poetry Therapy’s annual five-day conference at the Courtyard Boston Tremont Hotel’s Empire Ballroom, one of those nondescriptly ornate halls decorated with carpets, columns, and chandeliers of great cascading ropes of glass. The conference program proclaims 18-year-old Ekiwah Adler-Bel

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Essay

Mary Oliver Saved My Life

Dispatch from the National Association for Poetry Therapy’s annual conference.

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  • Greg Cook is a Boston cartoonist and newspaperman who writes regularly about art for the Boston Phoenix and the Boston Globe. His comics can be found with surprising irregularity in Nickelodeon Magazine. Or just try his 2001 graphic novel Catch As Catch Can. He is a tall skinny fellow with...

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