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How writing poetry and counselling combine to help a writer come to terms with life-limiting bone marrow cancer

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The article follows writing what becomes a satirical poem about the writer’s imagined death. It is written after a cancer diagnosis brings on a fear of dying. A period of counselling poses questions to turn him towards how he might live: his compulsion to write leads him to write in a more experimental voice; challenging ‘new sounds’ are explored to help reduce a fear of dying, including a satirical ‘sound’ to sharpen the poem and narrow a gap between his poetry, cancer and himself. Writing the poem also confirms that ongoing changes in his cancer are best expressed through experiments with his poetic voice.
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Keywords: autobiography; bone marrow cancer; counselling; education; new sounds; poetry

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2019

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  • The Journal of Writing in Creative Practice is the official organ of the Writing Purposefully in Art and Design (Writing PAD) network. It offers art and design institutions an arena in which to explore and develop the notion of thinking through writing as a parallel to visual discourse in art and design practice. The journal aims to extend the debates to all national and international higher educational art and design institutions.
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