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Dr. Rachel Chapman On Poetry That Helps You Survive And Thrive

Jamala Henderson
09/25/2010

Rachel Chapman is a professor of anthropology at the University of Washington, and her research involves studying the reproductive health of women in Africa and the US. She's black, and was adopted by a white family in the 1960s. And when she was young she found it hard to define herself because she was different. But later she discovered poetry, and that helped her find the courage to accept herself. Dr. Rachel Chapman recommends two poems that helped her survive and thrive: "A Litany for Survival" by Audre Lorde, and "West Wind #2" by Mary Oliver.

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