new at the Paris Review

March 7, 2018

Whatever your beliefs regarding the healing powers of poetry (and we’ve posted on the subject previously), it’s heartening to see that The Paris Review is prescribing poetry in its new column, Poetry Rx. Readers write in to describe their ailments and resident poets Kaveh Akbar, Sarah Kay, and Claire Schwartz offer their best remedies.


We are happy to see that in the UK, “The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing said doctors should be encouraged to refer patients to art classes and poetry workshops.”

Read the article in The Telegraph and this testimonial about the health benefits of poetry, in The Guardian.

Click to see more poetry prescription stories in The Poetry Department.

Your daily dose

February 5, 2017

bottle of poems

It may be time to increase your daily dose of poetry. If a daily or weekly poem sounds like the right prescription, here is a short list of places to subscribe:

Instead of subscribing, you can view daily poems online at many of the sites above, as well as:

There are also numerous poem-a-day books in print, including The View from Lummi Island by Luther Allen.

Take two as needed.

poetry by prescription

Back in July, we talked about Deborah Alma’s wonderful Emergency Poet ambulance that offers on-the-spot healing-by-poetry at festivals around England. He’s another twist on the theme: “poetry evangelist” William Sieghart prescribes poetry to heal a variety of ills.

In honor of the U.K.’s National Poetry Day, Doctor Sieghart (a philanthropist and entrepreneur who founded Forward Publishing, the Forward Prizes for Poetry, and National Poetry Day) provided healing words to online patients who presented with an assortment of complaints. See his prescriptions here.

What would you prescribe?

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