Can You Come Here Where I Am? The Poetry and Prose of Seven Breast Cancer Survivors

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9781880664254: Can You Come Here Where I Am? The Poetry and Prose of Seven Breast Cancer Survivors

In poetry and prose, seven members of a Virginia-based breast cancer support group express their feelings as they face diagnosis, treatment and recovery. Their voices are unusually powerful and reflect their backgrounds in education, the arts and journalism. The book demonstrates the healing power of words and is being praised by survivors, their families and friends as the first source for expression and confirmation of their own experiences.

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The seven members of THE WRITE-AWAY GROUP are profiled in the book's final pages.

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Rita Busch, Judy Klevins, Daena Kluegel, Jana Morgana, Helen Rash, Katherine Traynham, and Lesley Tyson formed the Write-Away Group after their Virginia breast cancer support group evolved into a writer's workshop. This is an anthology of works produced by that group. As with all anthologies, the styles and quality vary, from in-your-face, gut-wrenching prose to some good poetry to less-than-engaging accounts of life during and after diagnosis. Clearly, having breast cancer presents you with a shared experience but doesn't necessarily make you a brilliant writer. Still, all these women have something valuable to say. Everything by Traynham is wonderful, from the prolog, "Help Me," to "Alone," a poem on the need to let people into your life during cancer, to "Where Are the Men?" besides her husband at doctor's appointments and therapy. There have been excellent personal narratives (e.g., Joyce Wadler's My Breast, LJ 9/15/92) and collections of art and writings (Art.Rage.Us., LJ 7/98) by breast cancer survivors, but, in a way, can there ever be enough? Each woman, whether diagnosed or not, needs to hear what others have gone through. Their words will help us all heal. For public library collections.?Bette-Lee Fox, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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