Flight on New Wings: Healing through Poetry
Author: Mary Willette Hughes
"Searing, startling, powerful, beautiful! I am stunned by this book!
Mary Willette Hughes has distilled the shattering experience of sexual abuse perpetrated upon her son and her family by someone in religious authority. Fiercely honest, these poems are also reflections on trust, faith, and beauty in the face of profound betrayal.
These finely made poems express the intense feelings of a mother whose child must struggle with the damaging effects of sexual abuse and her relationship to the grown adult the violated child becomes.
This unique book offers a deeply authentic healing journey with expert guidance provided in the therapeutic use of these poems through the techniques of poetry therapy."
– John Fox, CPT, author of Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-making, past president, National Association for Poetry Therapy (NAPT)
"This new book by Hughes will be a great contribution to the field of poetry therapy, especially as it relates to the treatment of sexual abuse, addiction, and recovery in a therapeutic program."
– Arleen McCarthy Hynes, O.S.B., R.P.T. (1916-2006), co-author of Biblio/Poetry Therapy: The Interactive Process
"Flight on New Wings: Healing through Poetry is a valuable resource for individuals and groups who find reading and reflecting on poetry a healing process, especially for those struggling with addiction and who have entered a clinical treatment program. M. Willette Hughes' collection is all the more compelling as it documents recognitions that have come in the course of processing her own family's painful experiences. Some of the poems are more directly autobiographical than others, but all have that important core of metaphor that gives poetry its healing gift of tongues."
– Dr. Mary Hynes-Berry, Erikson Institute, Chicago, Illinois; co-author of Biblio/Poetry Therapy: The Interactive Process
"With each reading, I continue to be deeply moved by the brevity, depth, and honesty of this collection. Mary Willette Hughes generously invites us to witness her poignant search for understanding, balance, and acceptance following family tragedy.
As a clinician, writer, and poetry therapist, I am always searching for material that is fresh and accessible. Flight on New Wings is itself a testament to the healing and transformative power of writing. The addendum offers even the most hesitant writer entry to the path of self-exploration, hope, and resilience."
– Nancy S. Scherlong, C.W.S./R.P.T., director of Poems Heal Creative Art Centers, vice-president, National Association for Poetry Therapy