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"The title says it all. Poetry Pharmacy invites literary lovers to select a piece of writing which interests and revivifies them. Steve Wasserman, then trundles around to their home with his mobile recording studio in an attempt to translate the pleasure of the reading aloud experience to a wider audience.
“One of the joys of doing this is being open to the experience of how other people’s enthusiasms will wing their way into your life and get you all gee’d up about poems you might not have read before,” says Wasserman.
Anyone can take part, just email your suggestions to Steve. The only real requirement is that your selection has proved spine-tingling to you in some way which you'd like to explore.
Time to start practicing in the mirror methinks."
Poetry Pharmacy involves Steve Wasserman asking authors and non-authors alike, to read a piece of literature they love before leading a discussion on the piece. If you love submerging yourself in the imagination of others, come and celebrate this dying pastime."
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Just point-it-at-someone’s-face directional is what I’d initially planned to do. Continue reading
One of the pleasures of doing RMSYL is being open to the experience of how other people’s enthusiasms will wing their way into your life and get you all gee’d up about stories or poems you might never have glanced at twice.
Having someone say “This story/poem/passage is so bloody brilliant I’m going to invite you round to my gaff, sit you down with a cup of tea, and read it to you!” means that you’re more likely than not to be infected by their enthusiasm.
There is perhaps nothing as moving and transcendent as having someone read to you something that they truly and utterly love. The atavistic thrill of this activity may (as many atavistic thrills) stem from childhood where a parent, grandparent, or favourite aunt or uncle read to us something that they probably adored when they were young.
Can you remember, the two of you sitting together, cosily reading and probably discussing what you were reading as you went along? Not in any highfaluting way, but just partaking in the experience of feeling alive in the shared consumption of a story or a poem?
In a bid to capture that special feeling as much as possible this year, I am going to be sending lots of emails to lots of people I know and lots of people I don’t know requesting of them very simply: “Read Me Something You Love, Please.” Continue reading
“Death is something that has come to bite me quite a lot. As so often happens, people turn to poetry in times of grief and need, and therefore my connection to poetry has often been dealing with both loneliness and grieving. That’s perhaps what attracts me to this poem. It seems to say a lot about how I feel about the world and what I have to contend with myself.” William Sieghart
William Sieghart is founder and Chairman of Forward Thinking, a London-based NGO founded in 2003. FT works with the leadership of all parties on both sides of the divide in the Israel/Palestine conflict. He is also the founder of the Forward Poetry Prize, Britain’s largest prizes for poetry and National Poetry Day.
LINKS:The Forward Arts Foundation: http://www.forwardartsfoundation.org/ Forward Thinking: http://www.forwardthinking.org/ Read Aubade online: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/178058 Music used in the podcast: Aubade