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November 30, 2011

Poetry project targets those affected by cancer

DERRY — The Lahey Center for Oncology and Hematology at Parkland Medical Center will again host the Prickly Pear Poetry Project Tuesday, Dec. 6, from noon to 2 p.m.

This is an interactive and creative workshop designed to help people affected by cancer understand and cope with their experiences.

The workshop will be facilitated by two local poets: Kyle Potvin of Derry and Tammi Traux of Portsmouth who have both been affected by cancer, one as a survivor and one as a caregiver.

This two-hour workshop will include the reading of cancer-influenced poetry from authors such as Jane Kenyon, Donald Hall, Susan Deborah King and more. Participants will be encouraged to compose their own poetry through writing exercises.

No previous writing experience is required, and sharing of work at the end of the session is optional. Patients, family members and caregivers are encouraged to attend. There is no cost.

To reserve a seat at the workshop, call Barbara Umansky at the Lahey Center for Oncology and Hematology at Parkland Medical Center at 537-2060.

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