Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 79–93 | Cite as

Poetry and the abused child: The forest and tinted plexiglass

  • Michael B. DeMaria


This paper explores poetry as a phenomenological access point to the world of the abused child. In so doing, poetry serves a threefold function: (1) a window into the child's world, (b) a way to track the abused child's progress along the recovery process, and (c) a tool for transforming abused children's world, by allowing them to find their own unique voice. These functions are illustrated through case vignettes.


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael B. DeMaria
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    • 2
  1. 1.Private PracticePensacola
  2. 2.University of West FloridaPensacola

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