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The Poetry Pharmacy by William Sieghart
  

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A distillation of prescriptions given – and taken – on William Sieghart’s online Poetry Pharmacy. No harm to be got from these prescriptions, instead there is comfort, love, advice and experience aplenty. I was immediately taken by the poems of Hafiz, a C14 Persian poet, short sublime poems, had to google to find more so a poets index would have been useful. As anthologies such as this are useful springboards, short author biographies would too have been welcomed. Overall though, a calming collection of words for troubled souls and lovely to have a cloth bound book to treasure. ~ Sue Baker

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Synopsis

The Poetry Pharmacy by William Sieghart

Sometimes only a poem will do. These poetic prescriptions and wise words of advice offer comfort, delight and inspiration for all; a space for reflection, and a chance to realize - I'm not the only one who feels like this.In the years since he first had the idea of prescribing short, powerful poems for all manner of spiritual ailments, William Sieghart has taken his Poetry Pharmacy around the length and breadth of Britain, into the pages of the Guardian, onto BBC Radio 4 and onto the television, honing his prescriptions all the time. This pocket-sized book presents the most essential poems in his dispensary: those which, again and again, have really shown themselves to work. Whether you are suffering from loneliness, lack of courage, heartbreak, hopelessness, or even from an excess of ego, there is something here to ease your pain.

Reviews

'Truly a marvellous collection ... There is balm for the soul, fire for the belly, a cooling compress for the fevered brow, solace for the wounded, an arm around the lonely shoulder - the whole collection is a matchless compound of hug, tonic and kiss' Stephen Fry

'The book is delightful; it rightly resituates poetryin relation to its biggest and most serious task: helping us to live and diewell' Alain de Botton

About the Author

William Sieghart has had a distinguished career in publishing and the arts. He founded Forward Publishing in 1988 and subsequently the Forward Poetry Prizes and National Poetry Day. He has edited Poems of the Decade (2001 and 2011) and, annually since 1993, The Forward Book of Poetry.

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Book Info

Publication date

28th September 2017

Author

William Sieghart

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Publisher

Particular Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
176 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
Books for Christmas
Lifestyle & Health
Poetry

Poetry anthologies (various poets)
Complementary therapies, healing & health
Self-help & personal development

ISBN

9781846149542

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