You may remember Teresa Carson’s posting last month, reflecting on the Poetry Heals workshop. Here is more feedback from our workshop leader, Joan Seliger Sidney.
Although only two staff people had signed up for my Poetry Heals Workshop at the Morristown Medical Center, I was thrilled to meet the approximately twenty nurses, doctors, social workers and students who actually came. They wanted to experience how poetry heals, for themselves and their patients. In between the poems I read about illness, mostly about multiple sclerosis and cancer, the participants eagerly asked questions, also shared their experiences and ideas. During the final part of the workshop, everyone wrote her own list poem–for many it was their very first poem–then read it aloud as we went around the room. I was delighted!