The Light on Our Faces
And Other Poems


ISBN: 978-1-929355-59-4 * $13 (trade paperback) * 108 pages 


This is an expanded edition of Whitman-Raymond's chapbook, first published by Pleasure Boat Studio in 2000 (and now out of print). These poems show the work of a psychotherapist who is also a fine poet. A reader comes away with an understanding of human nature and of the extreme personal and professional challenges of working with others in so intense a capacity. 

From the Foreword: These poems have been with me for the last 23 years. They represent the thoughts, inspiration and deep feelings engendered by psychotherapy, both as patient and as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. The poems were originally inspired by Petrarch’s Scattered Rhymes, which I deeply admire. But I wanted, both as a feminist and as an artist, to have the Muse—Maura—speak and develop her own poetic voice.
	The Maura poems attempt to embody the power of language to touch, to change, to harm and to heal. Begun before intersubjectivity had become current in psychoanalytic circles, they express the powerful interplay between two people and the ways each of them are changed in the process of intimate healing. Despite the ethical risks inherent in such an endeavor, I believe the therapeutic relationship, as one of the most deeply humanistic relationships left in our post-modern world, deserves to be written about. 
	Although clearly inspired by many patients’ struggles and courage in the face of great pain, the words here are those of an imagined therapist and patient. I have tried to write about the engagement of words between two people, in which both have the chance to change. 


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Lee Whitman-Raymond received her Master's degree in Creative Writing from Brown University, where she was the recipient of First Prize from the Academy of American Poets for an unpublished manuscript. She has been published in Sojourner, Newport Review, 5 AM, Ailanthus, Sandscript, Syncopated City, Spectacle, Worcester Review, Northeast Journal, Bridges (edited by Adrienne Rich), and others. Her chapbook, the light on our faces: a therapy dialogue, was published in 2000 by Pleasure Boat Press: A Literary Press. She works in Providence as a psychotherapist and lives in southern Massachusetts with her husband, Rob Whitman-Raymond, also a psychotherapist. Together, they have raised two daughters and an incorrigible corgi.

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