The Healing Art: A Doctor's Black Bag of Poetry

Rafael Campo


The Healing Art: A Doctor's Black Bag of Poetry

The Healing Art: A Doctor's Black Bag of Poetry

  • Title: The Healing Art: A Doctor's Black Bag of Poetry
  • Author: Rafael Campo
  • ISBN: 9780393057270
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Hardcover



A celebrated poet and doctor connects through favorite verses and stories from his life and practice poetry and healing AS A RESPECTED and much loved doctor, Rafael Campo shares favorite poems with patients on his rounds After all, incantation has played a role in healing for millennia, displaced only recently by modern scientific obsessions In this luminous book, CamA celebrated poet and doctor connects through favorite verses and stories from his life and practice poetry and healing AS A RESPECTED and much loved doctor, Rafael Campo shares favorite poems with patients on his rounds After all, incantation has played a role in healing for millennia, displaced only recently by modern scientific obsessions In this luminous book, Campo restores the link between poetry and healing, offering pharmaceutical samples of work by a diverse group of poets such as Mark Doty, Marilyn Hacker, Miroslav Holub, Audre Lorde, Lucia Perillo, and William Carlos Williams He leads us through the stages of illness and recuperation, from first inklings of mortality through symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment, and finally recovery or and here medicine recoils but poetry perseveres death, and even immortality At each stage, Campo reveals the richness of individual poems and the potent medicine they offer Ultimately, he proposes a biocultural model of illness as provocative as it is humane one that restores the art of poetry to its rightful place at the heart of a healthy society.


Recent Comments "The Healing Art: A Doctor's Black Bag of Poetry"

I really wanted to like this book. Using poetry as a healing tool seems a good idea. Well it still seems a good idea, but Campo's presentation was pompous and overwritten. Although he says he doesn't want to overanalyze the poems he presents to his readers (and presumably his students and patients), he fails to follow that formula in his book.He lost me near the beginning, with Marilyn Hacker's poem "Elysian Fields". The poem speaks of a neighborhood and time I knew well, upper Broadway near 105 [...]

While I like much of Campo's own poetry, I found this book to be rather dry and academic. It reads more like a series of ponderous ivy-league lectures and as such it was a disappointment.

I simply could not get into this book because it was like reading an English class lecture on poetry. I do think that the topic was interesting (the use of poetry as a healing influence) and that the author, a doctor, is believes strongly in his topic. I think it is actually a well-written book; I just could not get into it because I am just not into poetry.

Disappointed. Author selects poems that are fairly inaccessible to any but the serious reader. And it seems to me that when you're handing out poems to patients as an adjunct to self-care, which I support entirely, they should be problems that can be readily grasped and support reflection rather than confusion.


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