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The Poetry Remedy

Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind, and Soul
Hardcover Book
October, 2019
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$27.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Prescribing short, powerful poems for all manner of spiritual ailments, William Sieghart has taken his “Poetry Pharmacy” around the length and breadth of Britain, honing his prescriptions all the time. This book presents the most essential poems in his dispensary: those which, again and again, have shown themselves to work.

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… 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 poems are nimbly organized and brightly commented on by Sieghart. If, for example, you find self-recrimination is your problem, take Wild Geese, by Mary Oliver. And many more. Lovely.

“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: 

A beautiful collection of curated poems, individually selected to provide the perfect balm for every emotional need

Sometimes only a poem will do. These poetic prescriptions and wise words of advice are tailored to those moments in life when we need them most, from general glumness to news overload, and from infatuation to losing the spark. Whatever youre facing, there is a poem in these pages that will do the trick.

This pocket-size companion presents the most essential fixes in William Siegharts poetic dispensarythose that, again and again, have shown themselves to hit the spot. Whether you are suffering from loneliness, lack of courage, heartbreak, hopelessness, or even an excess of egoor whether you are seeking hope, comfort, inspiration, or excitementThe Poetry Remedy will provide just the poem you need in that moment.

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