The Healing Art: A Doctor's Black Bag of Poetryby Rafael Campo
A celebrated poet and doctor connectsthrough favorite verses and stories from his life and practicepoetry 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 orand here medicine recoils but poetry perseveresdeath, 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 humaneone that restores the art of poetry to its rightful place at the heart of a healthy society. 10 b/w illustrations.
Author Biography: Rafael Campo practices general internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. He has been a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Pushcart Prize, a National Poetry Series award, and two Lambda Literary Awards.
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