With a Foreword by Michael Collier
For millennia poets have described the ailments of the body and those who treat them. Infused with hope, heartbreak, and unexpected humor, this book gathers diverse poems about our medical experiences—poems about doctors and patients, remedies and procedures, illnesses and convalescence—each one prescribing a unique perspective and new revelations. A literary elixir, Poetry in Medicine showcases not only the breadth of poetry’s relationship to medicine, but also the genre’s unparalleled capacity to heal us.
Contributors: Auden, Baudelaire, Berryman, Blake, Bishop, Boland, Campo, Cavafy, Clampitt, Chaucer, Clifton, Cummings, Dickinson, Donne, Conan Doyle, Eliot, Frost, Gunn, Hall, Hass, Hayden, Hirsch, Heaney, O. W. Holmes, Kooser, Larkin, Longfellow, Lowell, Merrill, Milne, Milton, Nash, Ovid, Pinsky, Plath, Rilke, Shakespeare, Seshardi, Sexton, Stevens, Szymborska, Whitman, Williams, Yeats, et al.
About the Editor:
Michael Salcman is a poet, neurosurgeon, and art historian, formerly chair of neurosurgery at the University of Maryland and president of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. The author of six medical textbooks and six collections of verse including The Clock Made of Confetti, nominated for The Poet's Prize, and The Enemy of Good Is Better, his poems appear in Alaska Quarterly Review, Harvard Review, Hopkins Review, The Hudson Review, New Letters, and Ontario Review. He lectures widely on art and the brain.
Original trade paperback / $24.95 (Can. $26.50) / ISBN 978-0-89255-449-2 / 400 pages / 6"x9" / Foreword, Introduction, Notes on the Poets / MEDICINE / POETRY ANTHOLOGY