The Poetry Pharmacy: Tried-and-True Prescriptions for the Mind, Heart and Soul

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Goodreads says:

'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 FrySometimes 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 that precious realization - 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.'The book is delightful; it rightly resituates poetry in relation to its biggest and most serious task: helping us to live and die well' Alain de Botton

Waterstones says:

“Here is balm for the soul, fire for the belly, an arm around the lonely shoulder”, writes Stephen Fry, “a matchless compound of hug, tonic and kiss.”

Universal, inspirational, delightful: William Sieghart’s The Poetry Pharmacy is less a collection of verse than a companion for life. There are words here for everyone, for every moment in our journey, dispensing wisdom and reassurance. As practical as it is beautiful, this anthology combines traditional verse favourites with new discoveries, ideal for poetry novices and ardent fans alike. A book to cherish.



Pocket-sized and ideally portable, The Poetry Pharmacy presents the most essential poems in Sieghart's dispensary. From everyday worries to finding the strength to tackle life's greater hurdles, this is the perfect volume to have by your side.


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About Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry is a conservationist, farmer, essayist, novelist, professor of English and poet. He was born August 5, 1934 in Henry County, Kentucky where he now lives on a farm. The New York Times has called Berry the "prophet of rural America."...
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