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The Poetry Pharmacy

Tried-and-True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul
Hardcover Book
Publisher: 
Penguin UK
 | 
February, 2018
ISBN:
9781846149542
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Banyen's Description: 

Sometimes only a poem will do. These poetic prescriptions and wise words of advice offer comfort, delight and inspiration for all; a space for reflection, 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 new, and onto radio and 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.

Above all, 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 to expressing our situation with considerably more elegance than we can ourselves,…
 

The poet has made what you’re going through seem more intriguing, more timeless, and mare valid in some way, and that can be a great comfort…

 

Love has many moods and many stages, just as do regret, and life, and solitude. However momentary or enduring it might be, my hope is that you will find a poem within this book that fits your need.

Organized by “ailments” (from Glumness, Emotional Baggage, and Feelings of Worthlessness to Losing the Spark, Rocky Relationships, Guilt at Not Living in the Moment, etc.) this take-me-with-you  volume’s  prescriptions/poems, nimbly organized and brightly commented on by William Sieghart, are organized into bins:

  • Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Motivations
  • Self-Image and Self-Acceptance
  • The World and Other People
  • Love and Loss

If, for example, you find Self-Recrimination is your problem, take Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver. And many more.

“Truly a marvellous collection... There is balm for the soul, fire for the belly, a cooling compress for the fevered brow, solace for the wounded, an arm around the lonely shoulder—the whole collection is a matchless compound of hug, tonic and kiss.” —Stephen Fry

“The book is delightful; it rightly resituates poetry in relation to its biggest and most serious task: helping us to live and die well.” —Alain de Botton

Publisher’s Description: 

'Truly a marvellous collection ... There is balm for the soul, fire for the belly, a cooling compress for the fevered brow, solace for the wounded, an arm around the lonely shoulder - the whole collection is a matchless compound of hug, tonic and kiss' Stephen Fry Sometimes only a poem will do. These poetic prescriptions and wise words of advice offer comfort, delight and inspiration for all; a space for reflection, 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. 'The book is delightful; it rightly resituates poetry in relation to its biggest and most serious task: helping us to live and die well' Alain de Botton

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