Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 159–167 | Cite as

Nonverbal Poetry: Family Life-Space Diagrams

  • Donald R. Bardill


The purpose of this article is to examine life-space diagrams as a form of nonverbal poetry. Family life-space diagrams, by their very nature, are a nonverbal blend of lyrical, narrative, and dramatic poetry. The life-space diagram taps personal feelings, tells a story, and characterizes a particular life situation. The human memory process, with its multilevel consciousness, provides the basis for creatively learning about deeply experienced family relationships. Family life-space diagrams are most effective when the therapist him/herself regards the process as artistic and creative.

nonverbal poetry life-space diagrams relational systems model creativity family therapy 


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald R. Bardill
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  1. 1.School of Social WorkFlorida State UniversityTallahassee

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