Poet Doc Patrick Clary - Dying For Beginners
Dying For Beginners
Author: Poet Doc Patrick Clary
Publisher: Lost Borders Press
Zen masters describe the mental state that can help us face the most severe challenges with flexibility, courage, and integrity. Since we are all destined to be beginners at dying, long-time hospice physician Patrick Clary invites us to embrace the virtues of this status in his new book of poetry, Dying For Beginners (Lost Borders Press; October 20, 2006), with a Foreword by U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall (White Apples and the Taste of Stone: Selected Poems 1946-2006; Houghton Mifflin, 2006) and an introduction by bestselling novelist Monica Wood (Any Bitter Thing; Chronicle Books, 2005). Entering this aspect of our inner lives may help us as we seek to be present to others, to fully inhabit ourselves, and to make our own choices as we die. A conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, Patrick Clary first faced issues of death and dying as a medic in an infantry unit. Dying For Beginners is not just a collection of poems, but a lyrical memoir of love, life and death in our time, from the Nevada desert to Southeast Asia, from Jonestown, Guyana to big city ER. Through more than 20 years of caring for gravely ill patients and their families Dr. Clary has come to believe that death can be as miraculous as birth, and that living fully is the best preparation for dying well. This is a book of poetry that can help you change your life.
Author Information: Patrick L. Clary, MD, was the Medical Director of three New Hampshire hospices serially from 1993 through May 24, 2006, including Seacoast Hospice, the only freestanding non-profit Hospice in New Hampshire. Seacoast Hospice grew from an average daily census of 20 to an average daily census of 150 under his leadership. He is Board Certified in Family Practice and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Clary also founded and owns The Palliative Care Service, a limited liability corporation providing consultative services in palliative medicine. Educated at Georgetown College and later at the Georgetown School of Medicine, his first professional training was in poetry as a student of Roland Flint. His work has been published in The New England Journal of Medicine, CoEvolution Quarterly, Patient Care, Journal of Palliative Medicine, JAMA and Journal of Medical Humanities, as well as in anthologies, literary magazines and two collections: Notes for a Loveletter, and Old Friends. His second solo book of poetry, Dying for Beginners is scheduled for publication by Lost Borders Press in the fall of 2006. Dr. Clary contributed a chapter to Being Human at Work, an anthology of somatics published by North Atlantic Books in 2003. A conscientious objector on the basis of his Quaker beliefs, Clary served as a medical corpsman with US Infantry Units in Vietnam 1969-70. He has long been active in palliative care advocacy in New Hampshire, drawing on experience as a U.S. Senate staff member in the 1970s. Dr. Clary serves on the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization's Legislative Advocacy subcommittee, is the President of the Board of Directors of the New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and chaired the committee organizing the State's joint Cancer Pain Initiative and Hospice Organization's annual Palliative Care conference 'Pain & Beyond, for five years. Dr Clary was certified by the AMA as an Educating Physicians for End-of-life Care (EPEC) presenter in 1999 and has done more than 70 talks using that curriculum since certification. Beyond the EPEC Curriculum and his conference organizing experience, his education in end-of-life care has included more than 100 hours of AMA-recognized continuing medical education since 1996.
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