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The Poetry Pharmacy: Tried-and-True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul

The Poetry Pharmacy: Tried-and-True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul (Hardback)

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Read our exclusive interview with William about prescribing poetry to those in need of it, the sense of complicity the right poem can give and why the 'P word' needs to be reclassified.

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As heard on BBC Radio 4, the essential prescriptions from William Sieghart's poetic dispensary. When we're grieving, when we're broken-hearted, and when we find ourselves struggling to understand the things we're feeling, we long for the connection poetry can provide. To find the right poem at that crucial moment, one capable of expressing our situation with considerably more elegance than we could muster ourselves, is to discover a powerful sense of complicity, and that precious realization: I'm not the only one who feels like this. In the years since he first had the idea of prescribing short, powerful poems for all manner of spiritual ailments, William Sieghart has taken his Poetry Pharmacy around the length and breadth of Britain, into the pages of the Guardian, onto BBC Radio 4 and onto the television, honing his prescriptions all the time. This pocket-sized book presents the most essential poems in his dispensary: those which, again and again, have really shown themselves to work. Whether you are suffering from loneliness, lack of courage, heartbreak, hopelessness, or even from an excess of ego, there is something here to ease your pain.



Fiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry anthologies by various poetsHealth & WellbeingHealth & PsychologyComplementary therapiesMind, Body & Spirit Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 28/09/2017 ISBN-13: 9781846149542  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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William Sieghart has had a distinguished career in publishing and the arts. He established the Forward Prizes for Poetry in 1992, and founded National Poetry Day in 1994. He is a former chairman of the Arts Council Lottery Panel, and current chairman of both the Somerset House Trust and Forward Thinking, a charity seeking peace in the Middle East and acceptance of British Muslims. His previous anthologies include Winning Words: Inspiring Poems for Everyday Life (2014), Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry (2015) and 100 Prized Poems: Twenty-five Years of the Forward Books (2016).

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