The humanities mirror who we are, and so seeing ourselves is the first step in creating our own art, to tell our own stories. And then send me your poems.
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I want to read them. So little of that experience is shared with the larger world. For those who are not writers or artists—can you recommend a poem, a poet or collection to get them started as poetry readers? There are several that come to mind.
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Some of our most consequential American poets have written from the experience of illness, from medicine. Walt Whitman is a quintessential American voice—democratic, inclusive, inspiring, physical. I think that some of the best poems of another seminal American poet, Emily Dickinson, speak to healing in a broader sense. Several anthologies by physician poets are easy to find. One of these, Blood and Bone , is particularly good. Such anthologies can be great starting places for physicians and other care providers who are interested in poetry that comes out of their experience in a more direct way.
How do poetry and other art aid in healing? I think there is an important distinction between curing and healing. I can describe a couple of ways poetry heals. One is through the rhythms in poetry. Much like meditation, when we hear rhythmic language, when we read poetry aloud, our breathing and our heart rates synchronize.
So just as meditation might be beneficial for certain health conditions, the same can be said of poetry. April is National Poetry Month. Another way is more metaphoric but very important. What we do a lot in medicine is take narratives from our patients. And then their stories become our story. I think that can be powerful for patients. Physician and poet Rafael Campo describes how medicine and poetry are interconnected at the most basic levels.
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