Every few weeks I invite someone I like to read me a poem that they absolutely love and has been a kind of touchstone in their lives; a poem they carry around in their existential First Aid Kit.

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. 

To contact me: stevewasserman AT gmail.com

Or on Twitter: @poetrypharmacy/@52poemsbyheart/@thescatterlings

When I’m not reading, writing, learning poems by heart, or making podcasts, you can find me here: http://stevewasserman.co.uk/

7 responses to “About

  1. I am no literary person and I am sure I am not great vocal reader, but I adore reading. My Chosen novel is my inspiration for even daring to take up your challenge. I would love to read ‘The Chronology of Water: A Memoir’ by Lidia Yuknavitch

    I am happy to visit you, unless you are coming to Birmingham?

  2. What a fantastic idea! Count me in, probably with a bit of Collins or Conan Doyle …

  3. Absolutely love your show!

    – From India

  4. Thank you so much!

  5. What an awesome vision and project! I love this. Wish I were in the UK so I could participate, but call me a happy Midwestern US listener in the meantime!

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