A healthy update…

December 20, 2014

Poems in the Waiting RoomEarly last year, we posted a story about Poems in the Waiting Room, a wonderful UK-based project that prints and distributes poems to waiting rooms in hospitals and doctors’ offices. Well, it seems that PitWR is thriving! New editions have appeared in Colombia and the U.S., and discussions are underway in South Africa. PitWR New Zealand has issued Braille editions of their recent booklets.

“The poems cover both the canon of English verse and contemporary works — poetry from Quill to Qwerty.” What’s more, PitWR accepts suggestions and submissions of “short uplifting poems.” More on the Poems in the Waiting Room website and on Facebook.

In a similar but apparently unrelated vein, the National Health Service in Central and North West London has recently produced a booklet, Poems for those who wait, with poems drawn from the collection at Poems for… (downloadable, free, if you register), which, for a number of years, produced and distributed poem-posters to healthcare centers, embassies, libraries, etc.

Also unrelated, but as long as we’re on the subject… The Waiting Room Reader: Stories to Keep You Company and Waiting Room Reader, Vol II: Words to Keep You Company were published in 2009 and 2013, respectively, by CavanKerry Press Ltd. Read an article about the two collections, “Poetry for Patients and Their Families,” in Poets & Writers.

You can read Elizabeth Bishop’s poem, In the Waiting Room, without an appointment.

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