Those who teach the literature of medicine have questioned why there appears to be a lack of rich materials connecting nursing with the humanities. Tenderly Life Me is a compassionate and complex combination of biography, photography, and poetry that gives nurses a voice. Author and poet Jeanne Bryner has gathered these biographical sketches of remarkable nurses, each accompanied by poetry, photographs and drawings. The complete text becomes a multigenre presentation, with each sketch commenting on and informing the others. This is the first book in the Literature and Medicine Series that concentrates on nurses' voices and their experiences with providing health care. It enhances and extends perspectives on how health care is understood and delivered by recognizing nurses as the primary care givers.
Jeanne Bryner is a registered nurse and a Kent State University English major. Her poems have appeared in several literary magazines, including the Hiram Poetry Review, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, The Sun, and in the anthology A Gathering of Poets. She is the author of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Breathless (Kent State University Press, 1995)