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IAH 207: Poetry and/as Medicine, Fall 2022 (Cheu): Home

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Subjects: Medicine, Public Health

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Poetry Emergency!

white woman in blue cardigan and jeans standing next to an ambulance that says "Emergency Poet" on the side. blue sky and distant landscape of buildings in the background.

In the UK, a woman named Deborah Alma has taken the idea of poetry as medicine very literally. She runs a store called the Poetry Pharmacy where people can make appointments with her and have her "prescribe" poems. She sometimes travels to festivals and other events in the ambulance pictured above, which her website calls "the world's first and only mobile poetic first aid service."

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