Poetry: It’s Far From a Dead Art | Marsha Mercer | newsadvance.com

I really appreciate the attitude of our current poet laureate, she is so forward thinking and wonderful at coming up with ways to integrate poetry (which in turn can inspire addition of other arts) into our daily lives.  I hope we listen to her – she’s so creative and sincere.  A lovely voice, I only hope we hear.

Smith said a few months ago that as poet laureate she would take poetry beyond the ivy walls of universities and urban literary festivals to places where it is seldom heard or read. She received invitations from communities struggling with addiction as well as from nursing homes, hospitals and hospices.

“Nursing homes are often overlooked” when we think of poetry, she said in a telephone interview Wednesday, before her inaugural reading at the Library of Congress. “Poetry can be very useful at the end of life.”

Source: Poetry: It’s Far From a Dead Art | Marsha Mercer | newsadvance.com

Drop your words into giant origami boat for National Poetry Day competition 

What a clever way to  celebrate National Poetry Day!

The boat is part of a competition, inviting people  to submit words related to the sea into it to be in to win dinner ...

The public are invited to drop a word relating to the sea, along with contact details, into the boat. They will receive an instant prize of a biscuit and a poem from one of two new collections of poetry, Keel & Drift by Adrienne Jansen and Everything is Here by Rob Hack and go into the draw to win dinner for two and a cruise on a boat in Mana or copies of these collections.

Full Story:  Drop your words into giant origami boat for National Poetry Day competition | Stuff.co.nz

This Startup Is Composing Music To Pair With The Book You’re Reading

Sometimes there is nothing more relaxing than coming home after a tough day at work or going on vacation and picking up a great book and turning on some background music. Millions of people read with music playing, and now one app is working to bring those two worlds together into one digital experience, all-encompassing experience.

Full Story: This Startup Is Composing Music To Pair With The Book You’re Reading

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