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Poetic Medicine

The Healing Art of Poem-Making
Paperback Book
October, 1997
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“Poetry is simply speaking the truth. Each of us has a truth as unique as our own fingerprints. Without knowing that truth, without speaking it aloud, we cannot know who we are and that we are already whole. In the most profound way, speaking our truth allows us to know that our life matters.” —from the preface by Rachel Naomi Remen, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom

Beyond poetry’s elegant linguistic qualities lies a healing power of enormous strength, beauty, and intensity. With Poetic Medicine, readers can gain access to this natural healing force, become productive poets, and feel the joy of using their own creative energy to make a difference not only within themselves but in the outer world as well.

This rich collection of poetry and poetry-creating experiences for educators, therapists, parents and their children, writers, couples, and the infirm demonstrates wonderfully how we all possess the ability to write. This gift enables us to access unlimited spiritual resources that restore our genuine voices and meaning in our lives, while healing and creatively satisfying us.

Poignant poems and intimate commentary by both unknown and famous poets reveal how people from all walks of life have used poem-making to explore matters of concern to us all: the joys and sorrows of relationships, illness, the fragile bond between parent and child, the loss of loved ones, caring for humanity and the earth, and the renewal of spiritual connections. Discussed are numerous stories of people from the author’s workshops (he is a certified poetry therapist) who exemplify how poetry has aided them in becoming more whole.


Choose a day when you do everything with less hurry. Consciously slow down when you: walk, talk on the phone, shop, play with a child, eat. Whatever it is, take your time. Feel how each activity holds a special kind of silence, an aspect that is unknown. Notice how everything you do, no matter how mundane, offers your inner voice the opportunity to express itself in a poem.

With the poetic tools, instruction, and accounts the author supplies in Poetic Medicines, readers can start now to make their own poems, to court their own Muses, and to access their own original poetic medicine. Yes!

John Fox has also written Finding What You Didn’t Lose: Expressing Your Truth and Creativity through Poem-Making.

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