Poetry Heals—Literature & Medicine Celebrates National Poetry Month
An Interview with Joan Cusack Handler, Teresa Carson, and Mary Rizzo
Aired March 25, 2012
With its evocative imagery and artistic language, poetry can be a visceral way to understand another person’s experiences, to emotionally connect with them, and see through their eyes. Healthcare workers are increasingly turning to literature, including poetry, in their practice, to improve their patient care and alleviate the stress of their jobs.
In this episode, Joan Cusack Handler, editor, founder and publisher of CavanKerry Press, a New Jersey publisher specializing in poetry; Teresa Carson, a poet and development director for CavanKerry; and, Mary Rizzo, NJCH Associate Director and adminstrator of the Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care program, discuss the power of poetry, especially as a tool for healing. Carson reads three poems, written to help her deal with her mentally ill brother’s suicide. These poems, and more than two dozen others, are available at Poetry Heals—Literature & Medicine Celebrates National Poetry Month.
To Learn More Visit:
- Poetry Heals—Literature & Medicine Celebrates National Poetry Month: Online chapbook with poems about healing and illness.
- Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care: Find out more about how NJCH is connecting literature with better patient care through this innovative program.
- CavanKerry Press: Publisher of poetry and memoir, based in New Jersey.
- National Poetry Month: Find resources to celebrate National Poetry Month.
- Visit the Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine, a supporter of CavanKerry Press, and a leader in bringing humanism to medical practice.