Doctors should prescribe art and poetry classes to patients, MPs say | News & Star

Greater use of “arts-on-prescription” programmes could save the NHS money by improving patients’ mental or physical health, with evidence suggesting creative activities could lower GP consultation rates and hospital admissions.

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Arts, Health and Wellbeing said: “Arts-on-prescription activities help people to overcome physical and psychological pain, playing a vital role in the recovery and maintenance of health.

“Group creative activities in the community also help to overcome social isolation in people of all ages.”

Full Story: Doctors should prescribe art and poetry classes to patients, MPs say | News & Star

Sidelined by strokes, a Maple Ridge man discovers poetry – Maple Ridge News

When Barry Plamondon was released from the hospital in 2013 his left side was paralyzed.

His second stroke also left him in a wheelchair.

The 25-year Maple Ridge resident sat at home for a couple of months acclimatizing to his new reality.

But after the second month he realized that he needed to do something to come to terms with his new disabilities.Plamondon picked up a pen and started writing.

Source: Sidelined by strokes, a Maple Ridge man discovers poetry – Maple Ridge News

Bristol author promised homeless man a holiday if her book was published – now he’s off to the seaside – Bristol Post

A Bristol author made a promise to her friend, a homeless man, that if her book ever got published she would send him on a holiday. Now she is making good on her promise and he is leaving the streets of St George for a week at the seaside.

Read the full, sweet story at:  Bristol author promised homeless man a holiday if her book was published – now he’s off to the seaside – Bristol Post

Take Your Poet to Work Day Makes Poetry Fun | HuffPost

As part of their 5 Vital Approaches to Poetry for Life, Tweetspeak Poetry sponsors four public days each year that are celebrated worldwide: Poetry at Work Day, Random Acts of Poetry Day, Take Your Poet to Work Day, and Poem on Your Pillow Day.

Across these four public days for poetry, which are designed to invite the poetry-shy to dip into poetry, they’ve seen participation on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and elsewhere—from Microsoft Lumia, Subway, the Scottish Parliament, NASA, Stephen Colbert, Kimberly Clark, Urban Outfitters, Haribo in Italy (maker of gummi bears), Marmite in South Africa, Subway, Cisco, Playstation, and many others. Ellen DeGeneres and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Elaine” from Seinfeld) have played their part, along with major museums like the Smithsonian and the Whitney, bookstores, libraries, and even the London railways.

Full Story along with resources to help you participate at:  Take Your Poet to Work Day Makes Poetry Fun | HuffPost

Urban Planner Turned Poet Maps Seattle’s Story

Claudia Castro Luna has spent her life thinking about the intersection of people and place and how each exerts influence on the other. Early in her career as an urban planner, she aimed to make people the center of her work. Then Castro Luna left planning for poetry and earned a Master of Fine Arts. Now, she’s wrapping up her two-year term as Seattle’s first civic poet. Her culminating project, the Poetic Grid, is an interactive map of Seattle plotted with place-based poetry.

Full story : Urban Planner Turned Poet Maps Seattle’s Story – Next City

The Hoax Poetry Movement That Accidentally Became Legitimate – Atlas Obscura

WITTER BYNNER HATED MODERNIST POETRY. A rising literary star who was briefly engaged to Edna St. Vincent Millay, Bynner felt that the new crop of free-verse poetry movements was becoming absurd. Not only were these poets failing to create real art, but they also took themselves far too seriously.So he decided to satirize it all.

Source: The Hoax Poetry Movement That Accidentally Became Legitimate – Atlas Obscura