In Whatever Houses We May Visit

In Whatever Houses We May Visit

Poems That Have Inspired Physicians

Michael A. LaCombe, MD, MACP, Thomas V. Hartman

Publication date: 2008
ISBN: 9781934465066

By turns astute, heartening, bittersweet, hilarious, this anthology of poems about illness and healing, doctors and patients, and a wide range of related subjects, collects verse from both well-known poets – Emily Dickinson, William Carlos Williams, Maya Angelou, Philip Larkin – and emerging voices. This unique collection underscores the importance of poets as commentators on the art and science of medicine but more importantly the value of poetry to physicians as they seek inspiration and insight in the face of daily challenges. Many of the poems included here were identified by physician-readers of some of the world’s most prestigious medical journals who responded to the editors’ invitation to “tell us about a poem that has inspired you …” Certainly every physician will find much to savor in these pages.

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Features Poems By:

Anna Akhmatova
Maya Angelou
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Robert Bly
Rafael Campo
Raymond Carver
Constantine P. Cavafy
Lucille Clifton
Wanda Coleman
Billy Collins
e. e. cummings
Emily Dickinson
Rita Dove
Louise Glück
Thom Gunn
Seamus Heaney
Nazim Hikmet
Miroslav Holub
David Ignatow
Randall Jarrell
Jane Kenyon
Kenneth Koch
Ted Kooser
Ron Koertge
Philip Larkin
Thomas Lux
Thomas Merton
Czeslaw Milosz
Lisel Mueller
Howard Nemerov
Sharon Olds
Mary Oliver
Grace Paley
Linda Pastan
May Sarton
Anne Sexton
William Stafford
Mark Strand
John Stone
Richard Vargas
Richard Wilbur
C. K. Williams
Miller Williams
William Carlos Williams
William Wordsworth
W. B. Yeats

Pages: 257
Language: English
Publisher: American College of Physicians
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Michael A. LaCombe, MD, MACP

Thomas V. Hartman

Jack Coulehan, MD, author of Medicine Stone: Poems and editor of Blood and Bone: Poems by Physicians and Primary Care: More Poems by Physicians

In Whatever Houses We May Visit is a lifeline to the world of mystery, hope, compassion, and the human spirit . . . Those who take a chance and delve into this anthology will find themselves responding to poem after poem with little bursts of "Yes" and "Ah-ha!" . . . These poems display the power of poetry to make a difference in our lives, to make us feel a little wiser and wittier, a little more human.