After reading, we chat about the poem. I then read them a poem I love, and if the guest is a poet, I also invite them to read a poem of theirs that I would like to have in The Pharmacy.
For the first couple of years, Poetry Pharmacy was called Read Me Something You Love and had a wider remit of short stories and essays, but I soon came to realise that there was something about sitting together and prescribing each other poetry that brought the most pleasurable and connective conversations.
I was also introduced into this kind of reading by participating and then leading Shared Reading Groups with The Reader Organisation: a deeply personal and person-centred way of engaging with literary texts and other people.
I really do believe that this is the best way to get the most interesting & fun stuff out of a text as well as each other. That’s what I continue to try and do with this podcast, as well as a daily Poetry Pharmacy on Twitter, and a Poetry Book Club called Scatterlings which meets once a month online as well as in person.
Our Scatterlings remit is to reading work that “speaks to the diplaced, diasporic & dervish soul in all of us”. I hope something of that spirit is also shared by this podcast.
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