Healing Words Poetry and Medicine


Filmed at a large teaching hospital in Florida, HEALING WORDS: POETRY & MEDICINE tells the stories of patients whose lives have been dramatically changed by the incorporation of poetry into their recovery process. Dr. John Graham-Pole and poetry therapist John Fox enter hospital rooms and help patients write poems as part of their healing process. This film shows viewers that compassion can flourish in the unlikeliest of places — a sterile hospital room. John Fox gently coaxes words from patients — many of whom have never written poetry before. The result is touching, poignant and always surprising. Poetry deepens their understanding of themselves and their illnesses, and, as the film shows, understanding is the key to healing…

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Still You gathers together poems that invite us into private rooms of suffering and solace. In these profoundly personal stanzas, we recognize our own encounters with nature’s inevitable blows. By turns we fall ill, we recover, we care for a loved one, we prepare for loss. At these times poetry can open the door to the sickroom and offer a potent physic for the isolation that comes with illness. Here you will find a wife’s fierce resistance to cancer’s attack as well as the courage to accept a feared diagnosis. You will find poems of humor, joy, gratitude, and consolation. Ultimately, a resilient spirit binds us together. As poet Gail Tierney says, “whatever it may be, you’re not alone.”

~ Joan Baranow, WRP editor and author of In the Next Life

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