All kinds of poetry can be therapeutic during difficult times, but the following poetry books for young people particularly focus on coping with disability, illness, homelessness, and death.
The list begins:
Adoff, Arnold. 2000. Touch the Poem. New York: Blue Sky Press.
Akaza, Norihisa. 1994. Smell of the Rain, Voices of the Stars. Orlando: Harcourt Brace.
Abeel, Samantha. 2001. Reach for the Moon. New York: Orchard Books.
Bartlett, Jennifer; Black, Sheila and Northen, Michael. Eds. 2011. Beauty is a Verb; The New Poetry of Disability. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.
Bernier-Grand, Carmen T. 2007. Frida: Viva la Frida = Long Live Life. New York: Marshall Cavendish.
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