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The US edition of the bestselling The Poetry Pharmacy A beautiful collection of curated poems each individually selected to provide hope, comfort, and inspiration--for all of life's most difficult moments Sometimes only a poem will do. These poetic prescriptions and wise words of advice are tailored to those moments in life when we need them most, from general glumness to The US edition of the bestselling The Poetry Pharmacy A beautiful collection of curated poems each individually selected to provide hope, comfort, and inspiration--for all of life's most difficult moments Sometimes only a poem will do. These poetic prescriptions and wise words of advice are tailored to those moments in life when we need them most, from general glumness to news overload, and from infatuation to losing the spark. Whatever you're facing, there is a poem in these pages that will do the trick. This pocket-size companion presents the most essential fixes in William Sieghart's poetic dispensary--those that, again and again, have shown themselves to hit the spot. Whether you are suffering from loneliness, lack of courage, heartbreak, hopelessness, or even an excess of ego--or whether you are seeking hope, comfort, inspiration, or excitement--The Poetry Remedy will provide just the poem you need in that moment.


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The US edition of the bestselling The Poetry Pharmacy A beautiful collection of curated poems each individually selected to provide hope, comfort, and inspiration--for all of life's most difficult moments Sometimes only a poem will do. These poetic prescriptions and wise words of advice are tailored to those moments in life when we need them most, from general glumness to The US edition of the bestselling The Poetry Pharmacy A beautiful collection of curated poems each individually selected to provide hope, comfort, and inspiration--for all of life's most difficult moments Sometimes only a poem will do. These poetic prescriptions and wise words of advice are tailored to those moments in life when we need them most, from general glumness to news overload, and from infatuation to losing the spark. Whatever you're facing, there is a poem in these pages that will do the trick. This pocket-size companion presents the most essential fixes in William Sieghart's poetic dispensary--those that, again and again, have shown themselves to hit the spot. Whether you are suffering from loneliness, lack of courage, heartbreak, hopelessness, or even an excess of ego--or whether you are seeking hope, comfort, inspiration, or excitement--The Poetry Remedy will provide just the poem you need in that moment.

30 review for The Poetry Remedy: Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind, and Soul

  1. 5 out of 5

    Isabelle Bradbury

    A beautiful collection I began reading via audiobook, but was so touched by the words I heard that I just needed to have a physical copy in my hands and see them with my eyes. It wasn’t long until pages upon pages were tagged with post-it notes for later reference. I will certainly be coming back to this one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lorelei

    Absolutely life changing. So much beauty and wisdom. I adore this book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Kidwell

    The Poetry Remedy Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind, and Soul by William Sieghart PENGUIN GROUP Viking Viking Poetry Pub Date 15 Oct 2019 I am reviewing a copy of The Poetry Remedy through Penguin Group/Viking and Netgalley: The poetic prescriptions and words of advice in this book are made for those moments when we need them most. These poems are great for anything from general glumness to news overload, from infatuation to loosing the spark! These poems can help you through whatever it is you are faci The Poetry Remedy Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind, and Soul by William Sieghart PENGUIN GROUP Viking Viking Poetry Pub Date 15 Oct 2019 I am reviewing a copy of The Poetry Remedy through Penguin Group/Viking and Netgalley: The poetic prescriptions and words of advice in this book are made for those moments when we need them most. These poems are great for anything from general glumness to news overload, from infatuation to loosing the spark! These poems can help you through whatever it is you are facing! This books gives us advice on how to read the poetry, and we are reminded too that often when wills have trouble coping with the issue we often turn to solutions that are more destructive than our feelings. In A Poet’s Remedy everything from loss and heartbreak to how to grapple with those issues is tackled. I give The Poetry Remedy five out of five stars, and would recommend it to anyone who finds poetry to speak to them in their time of distress. Happy Reading!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tobi Couture

    Beautiful! I had randomly stumbled upon this collection in the library, and thought - Oh, good! I could use some new poetry readings in my yoga classes. I was familiar with some of the poets Sieghart includes, such as Hafiz, Mary Oliver, and Pablo Naruda, and already knew they were in my realm of thinking. To my great delight, just as I had hoped, there were other wonderful little gems in these pages. His little prefaces or explanations of the poems were useful as well, and although I disagree w Beautiful! I had randomly stumbled upon this collection in the library, and thought - Oh, good! I could use some new poetry readings in my yoga classes. I was familiar with some of the poets Sieghart includes, such as Hafiz, Mary Oliver, and Pablo Naruda, and already knew they were in my realm of thinking. To my great delight, just as I had hoped, there were other wonderful little gems in these pages. His little prefaces or explanations of the poems were useful as well, and although I disagree with some of Sieghart's categorization of some of the poems for certain states, I found so many appropriate and timely readings in this book. I really appreciated this find and see it as a great gift! I don't even think I got through the whole thing, though, before my book was due - (ok, overdue). I will definitely be ordering this for my own continued use.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Frances

    This was the perfect book to ring in the new year. I was intrigued by the concept, a poem for any “condition” from emotional baggage to “news overload” and anxiety to “unkindness to oneself”, I found poems for now and poems for rainy days to come. I really enjoyed editor’s notes with each of his prescribed poems, his takeaways from some of the poems added a lot to my reading of them. Many of the poems were by poets I was familiar with, but most of the poems were new to me. I loved the range of c This was the perfect book to ring in the new year. I was intrigued by the concept, a poem for any “condition” from emotional baggage to “news overload” and anxiety to “unkindness to oneself”, I found poems for now and poems for rainy days to come. I really enjoyed editor’s notes with each of his prescribed poems, his takeaways from some of the poems added a lot to my reading of them. Many of the poems were by poets I was familiar with, but most of the poems were new to me. I loved the range of classics to contemporary works! This is a great book to share with others and I hope it gets more love. I think I will share the concept with my creative writing class and see if my students want to try out their own version of the poetry pharmacy :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stacie

    I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed are my own. It seems like many people read poetry anymore, but I've always loved it. I recently rescued a Poem a Day anthology and have loved having something different to read every day. And despite the outraged reaction to the recently-publicized "poetry pharmacy" in the UK, there are actually many articles and studies on using poetry and literature in medical practice--both for the doctors a I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed are my own. It seems like many people read poetry anymore, but I've always loved it. I recently rescued a Poem a Day anthology and have loved having something different to read every day. And despite the outraged reaction to the recently-publicized "poetry pharmacy" in the UK, there are actually many articles and studies on using poetry and literature in medical practice--both for the doctors and patients. While this book--obviously--won't magically medically cure your ailments, it's certainly medicine for the mind and soul, for when you're going through something specific and want to know someone *understands*.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I loved the concept and idea of this book. I actually bought it twice by a mistake because there is a North American version and a British version. However I have to say I’m slightly disappointed, because I personally didn’t find many of the poems kept my interest. Don’t get me wrong I wrote a little star next to the ones that spoke to me but I thought I would like more of the poems than I actually did. I think I would of enjoyed this poetry book more if I was listening to it at a poetry reading I loved the concept and idea of this book. I actually bought it twice by a mistake because there is a North American version and a British version. However I have to say I’m slightly disappointed, because I personally didn’t find many of the poems kept my interest. Don’t get me wrong I wrote a little star next to the ones that spoke to me but I thought I would like more of the poems than I actually did. I think I would of enjoyed this poetry book more if I was listening to it at a poetry reading or on audio book. I did however Enjoy the author’s explanation of each poem. Over all good and I probably will read the second one or listen to it, but left me unsatisfied!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Stevenson

    What a beautiful selection of poems for life's ailments, from anxiety to stress, to love that goes unfilled to divorce to death, to self empowerment, these poems really help focus the mind and give perspective to the listener. Poetry, read by the author is beautiful, I never knew I would like poetry as an audiobook, but I think it is my favorite way of ingesting the media. William Seighart has a beautiful voice and it really provides such a calm state that allows one to listen deeply to these po What a beautiful selection of poems for life's ailments, from anxiety to stress, to love that goes unfilled to divorce to death, to self empowerment, these poems really help focus the mind and give perspective to the listener. Poetry, read by the author is beautiful, I never knew I would like poetry as an audiobook, but I think it is my favorite way of ingesting the media. William Seighart has a beautiful voice and it really provides such a calm state that allows one to listen deeply to these poems. This will for sure be a reread!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Walker-Lass

    If 3.5 stars were available, that would be my true rating for this book. Maybe my expectations were too high, I wanted more! I liked the idea of being able to choose a poem related to how I was feeling at the time I picked up the book, but was disappointed to find out there was only one poem for each mood or condition. There are a vast variety of conditions, but I would have prefered sections, with several poems from which to choose in order to have a closer sense of identity. The editor did cho If 3.5 stars were available, that would be my true rating for this book. Maybe my expectations were too high, I wanted more! I liked the idea of being able to choose a poem related to how I was feeling at the time I picked up the book, but was disappointed to find out there was only one poem for each mood or condition. There are a vast variety of conditions, but I would have prefered sections, with several poems from which to choose in order to have a closer sense of identity. The editor did choose good poetry, but not many modern or innovative verse styles.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    I love poetry and I really love the idea of prescribing poems to help soothe the injury that dealing with the world can produce. That's the concept that William Sieghart has developed in The Poetry Remedy. In this collection, Sieghart lists a malady, Loss for example, and then prescribes a poem, "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop, as the healing agent. I love this idea, this book and I really hope that William Sieghart compiles another volume because I need more of this.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Gregg Hower

    With a one page note from Sieghart placing each poem in the role of inspiration, or consolation, this is a solid book. A nice mixture of UK and US poets, with a few translations. I found 6 poets to explore further, and marked 10 of the poems so I could easily return to them. A decent if not spectacular anthology.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    I loved the idea and motive behind this literary apothecary, and I thought most of the poems chosen were poignant and exemplary to its method. I do wish there were some more variance in poets, but a solid 3.5 for me

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anne, Unfinished Woman

    I found the descriptions for the issues...so be overly long. Otherwise I liked most of the poetry. Interesting though that with all of the poets existing and the thousands and thousands of poems, The editor choose more than one by several poets.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anna Keating

    I love the concept of the poetry pharmacy but these poems were a bit plain and too often short excerpts. I would have loved a bit more in terms of range and length but still, much to take pleasure in.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    A wonderful collection of poems curated for every sort of mood. I enjoyed reading Sieghart's reasoning for prescribing certain poems. A good book to keep on hand and turn to when needed.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This doctor prescribes specific poems for individual situations. Loved this!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liaken

    I didn't end up reading the short essays for each of the various feelings that the poems were paired with, but I did read the poems. It was a good collection.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Day

    Very nice.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Couldn't think of a better way to read some poetry. A great selection, paired with marvelous insights

  20. 4 out of 5

    Colleen C

    This is a cute little book that “prescribes” poetry based on a mood or feeling. I read it cover to cover, but I think this would make a great gift for someone wishing to introduce approachable poetry into their life. My one qualm is that the curator mostly chose short verses predominantly written in plain English - very little work was involved to get the point. This collection is accessible, but possibly too simplistic. Worth a read nonetheless.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    The idea that a poem can alter one’s perception is not new, but I had never thought to harness the power of poetry to reel in my mind when it drifts into harmful territory. In The Poetry Remedy, William Sieghart dispenses poems as magic elixirs for a wide variety of conditions and situations. His suggestion to read a poem as you would a prayer is brilliant, and this reverence is what makes his poetic prescriptions ultimately effective. Keep this book on your shelf as you would Tylenol in the med The idea that a poem can alter one’s perception is not new, but I had never thought to harness the power of poetry to reel in my mind when it drifts into harmful territory. In The Poetry Remedy, William Sieghart dispenses poems as magic elixirs for a wide variety of conditions and situations. His suggestion to read a poem as you would a prayer is brilliant, and this reverence is what makes his poetic prescriptions ultimately effective. Keep this book on your shelf as you would Tylenol in the medicine cabinet, and whenever you’re feeling off, open for the perfect remedy.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Daven

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kendall Hershey

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lyndsi

  25. 5 out of 5

    Koryn Bosworth

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Berger

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gail Blair

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ru-Lee Story

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

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