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Poetry in Practice

Since navigating the trials and the privileges of medical training, I came to believe that the antidote for the ailments that plague many physicians in our work life is the active cultivation and harvesting of the poetry that is all around us.

That for us, the prescription is the poetic. And that, this is not just the prescription that most healthcare providers need but it's also what most all of us need.

This doesn't mean that you need to love writing or even reading poetry. There way be other ways that your individual artistry accesses the same beauty and meaning. Too often many of our everyday interactions with life are list driven and we find ourselves with one foot in the future and one in the past with no ground to stand on in this one moment, which is all that we really have.

I have found that hearing the poem and some ideas behind it can open that world that seemed closed off to many. On this page you will find periodic audio files with poetry and some thoughts that they inspire or that inspired those words...

With gratitude,


May 7th, 2020    Poetry in Practice #3: With gratitude to nurses and medical assistants, John O'Donohue, WB Yeats, David Whyte and Mary Oliver

April 20th, 2020          Poetry in Practice #2: With gratitude to Pablo Neruda and Alice Walker

March 21st, 2020        Poetry in Practice #1: With gratitude to Mary Oliver and David Whyte


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