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The Poetry Pharmacy Returns: More Prescriptions for Courage, Healing and Hope

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  27 reviews
'A matchless compound of hug, tonic and kiss' Stephen Fry on William Sieghart's bestselling Poetry Pharmacy

The Poetry Pharmacy
is one of the bestselling (and most giftable) poetry anthologies of recent decades. Now, after huge demand for more prescriptions from readers and 'patients' alike, William Sieghart is back. This time, tried-and-true classics from his in-person pha
Hardcover, 150 pages
Published September 26th 2019 by Particular Books (first published 2019)
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(The sequel to The Poetry Pharmacy.) Sieghart does poetry-specific bibliotherapy, believing that it has the ability to touch emotionally hurting people and perhaps fill the role once played by religion:

“Suffering is the access point to poetry for a lot of people: that’s when they open their ears, hearts and minds.”

“I knew full well the power of poetry to create that crucial sense of connection and security, of not being the only one

“we need something that can stand in the place of the liturgies
Liv Chalmers
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
The Poetry Pharmacy just puts me at immense peace. Thank you, William Sieghart.
Natasha Chowdory
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Still wonderful and I hope that there's a Vol 3.
This one felt more personal and nuanced and we had some lively discussions because of some of the descriptions and intepretations.

Loved it!
Adam Mills
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
According to Immanuel Kant and many other philosophers language is fundamental to our understanding and perception of the world. Kant stated that we impose meaning on the world by the use of language. Indeed it is no mistake that St John’s gospel starts with the sentence ‘In the beginning was the Word’. Poetry is the manipulation and use of words to create exquisite and profound structures in language. A poet is a fine art sculptor in words. If prose is beer, then poetry is the finest malt whisk ...more
Isabelle Bradbury
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love The Poetry Pharmacy: I love the concept, I love the execution, I love how it speaks to my soul and tells me what I need to hear. This particular book in the otherwise fantastic duology gets one less star than its predecessor because I noticed some poems were repeated from The Poetry Remedy and I wished for new content (is this just a problem for us Americans?). I also found myself completely skipping over the explanations of each emotion and just reading the poems. But the poems, they wer ...more
Omelia Legg
Nov 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely selection of poems 😍
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
My sister may not get it back ...

The planet keeps on being round.
Reflections and lessons learned:
“So stay in bed, if you want to. Read a book, or just watch the drips down the window. Whatever you do, be kind to yourself. Love your missteps: and remember that you’d do it all again, given half a chance.”

The wonderful thing about these books are, of course the range of the poetry, but it’s mainly the definitions and ordering (‘condition’ main heading and ‘also suitable for’ further breakdown to be able to identify the relationship to) - almost like a symptom id
May 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Eleanor by: Sophie
Shelves: 2021
I don't know the last time I read such a joyous and charming book. Sieghart's narration is just so wonderful and optimistic, and the poetry choices are just perfect. So many of these poems are complete gems and achieve just what Sieghart wishes them to. It's not meant to be read cover to cover, as I did, but I am glad I've read all the poems. ...more
Kate: The Quick and the Read
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'd already read the first 'The Poetry Pharmacy' book so I knew what to expect here and this is more of the same. I say that in a totally positive way, though - there's plenty of new things to discover here!

For those who haven't come across these books before, William Sieghart believes that poetry can genuinely support good mental health, either from giving you a different perspective on your problem or by giving you the comfort that whatever you face is something that other people have felt too
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, netgalley
It is shocking that I have only just discovered William Sieghart!

After this I will need to get my hands on a copy of The Poetry Pharmacy.

I adore poetry. It brings me such comfort and beauty.

This collection of poetry was just on a whole new level of amazingness!

I loved that William would discuss feelings and thoughts before hand, So many things were put into perspective and it made the poem all the more enjoyable and also easier to connect with.

This is a book you can return to again and agai
Megan Rhodes
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of the poetry pharmacy before it’s published date on my iPad kindle & wow, I am so glad that I read this!
As a poetry writer myself, I absolutely loved this book and viewing all the different poems produced through the years, all about a particular passionate topic of mine- mental health. William Sieghart uses poetry as a form of healing, for all types of people around the world. There is a poem for every form of emotion or situation that life has sprung upon
Tilly Fitzgerald
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A poetry collection which holds the prescription for any ailment! As someone fairly new to poetry, and who struggles to get to grips with it sometimes, this was a brilliant introduction to the genre. I loved the explanations of how to read poetry, and the psychological element to the opening of each poem - poems are broken down by condition, so for example, there’s a poem for Letting Go or Grief and a brief explanation of the condition before the poem.
There is wonderful lack of pretension to th
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Poetry Pharmacy Returns by William Sieghart is a collection of poetry that Sieghart advises can help with our emotional states and the lessons that can be learned from poetry.
I loved the descriptions before each poem selected and the way in which it includes the emotions that may be felt if looking for a particular poem to help with that feeling.
Strength and Healing was my favourite part of the collection however the whole book flowed well in pace and poetry chosen.
A book I would recommen
Pamela Scott

I enjoyed this as much as the first volume. This also reminds me of the Being Alive series from Bloodaxe Books on a much smaller scale. This is an interesting mix of more recent contemporary and older contemporary poets. Some of my favourites are among them including Fleur Adcock, Denise Levertov, Mary Oliver and Kate Tempest. I also found some new poetic voices including Mark Strand, John O’Donohue and Grace Nichols. Like the first volume, I would have pr
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Superb! A balm for the soul. My favourite poem was The Orange. There was is much soothing power in the poetry. It’s like someone understood, understood you before you understood you, and put it into tapestry of sounds. It’s a book to be sad with, glad with, hopeful and desperate with. I picked it up during COVID-19 pandemic after hearing about the death of my best friend’s mother in law. In those pages I found the empathy and hopeful notes. I keep it by my bed side next to strepsils and lemsips. ...more
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
= Read this book from NetGalley UK in exchange for a fair review. =

This follow-up to Poetry Pharmacy has a kinder touch overall. Something I would like to have on my shelf.

The theme carries itself more consistently this time around, compared to the previous book. A more humbling experience. Too many favourite poems to list!

Still skipping the “prescriptions”.

4 stars!
Deepthi H T
Mar 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you plan on getting this book from the library, read and return it, then you are doing it wrong! You must own a copy of this book! This is a book that takes permanent placement on your nightstand!
I don’t overwhelm myself by reading all of it at one!
I read, re-read, reminisce and reflect! It’s a new everyday ritual for me now!
Jennifer O'Kelly
Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
I like the concept of the poetry pharmacy. I wasn't at all times completely convinced of the execution, with the preambles to the poems, though others might like this. Regardless, there are some gorgeous poems in here and I found it soothing to flip through. ...more
Ajay Sawant
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love William's taste in poetry and how gorgeously beautiful the poems in the book are. Its interesting to learn about them too and how willam started with prescribing poetry. The poems are most based on healing and mental heath ...more
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-english
Five stars aren't enough to reflect my love for this book. This book is perfect for beginners in poetry like me, it helps to understand the inmense power that poetry can have. Poetry links us to divine, you're damn right Sieghart. ...more
Amy Jane
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This second instalment of The Poetry Pharmacy lives up to the first brilliant collection. Many really resonated with me this time, and seemed destined to be read during this pandemic.
Sapna Gupta
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If therapy was poetry this would be it.
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
The Orange by Wendy Cope

Rain by Raymond Carver
Tanica Theys
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stanza-and-stage
One of the best anthologies I've stumbled upon. The poems were chosen with care and each was detailed with love. ...more
Katherine Dixon
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
As with the original 'Poetry Pharmacy', this book is an intelligently and sympathetically designed work that provides poetry with a secular social role. Rather than hastily riding the wave of its predecessor, 'The Poetry Pharmacy Returns' offers a fresh array of pertinent prescriptions. Sieghart conveys the community that has grown around his poetry prescriptions and the subsequent anthologies in a lovely way, inviting the reader to join this gentle network. As with the first text, I found the ' ...more
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is just as healing and perfect as its predecessor. Every poem remedy is wonderfully and carefully thought out. As I read different poems on different days when I was feeling different ways I was amazed over how perfect each poem I read was and how soothed I was. It is not a book to be read in one sitting from front to back. It is a book that is meant to be dipped into in moments of need. I highly recommend this book along with the previous poetry pharmacy book. I am hoping with all of ...more
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