The poetry healer
Curing with the power of words
However blue you’re feeling, there’s a poem that can help. Words have the power to explain and transform your emotions, which is why self-styled poetry pharmacist William Sieghart CBE has been travelling the UK prescribing poetic remedies for everything from anxiety and addiction, to loneliness and heartache.
Now he’s compiled a book, The Poetry Pharmacy. You’ll find 56 poems written by poets from Maya Angelou to Shakespeare to help soothe and comfort.
“Words give us a sense of calm and continuity,” Sieghart says. “With smart phones and the internet, we become very disjointed by so much information coming in at all times,” he explains. “Poetry is a reminder of the world as it used to be, as it still is, and always will be.”