The Poetry Health Service (PHS), is a brand new, free creative service offering contemporary poetry as a tool for connection and healing. Launched in July 2020 and featuring a range of poems contributed by writers from across the world, the PHS will prescribe poetry panaceas to users written by poets including Roger Robinson (winner of the 2019 TS Eliot Prize), Theresa Lola, Anthony Anaxagorou, Keisha Thompson, Shagufta Iqbal, Salena Godden and USA-based poets Roya Marsh, Buddy Wakefield and Aisha Sharif. This is poetry by the people for the people.
Founded by Manchester-based poet, playwright and performer, Hafsah Aneela Bashir, the PHS will embody and champion the importance of art in supporting our mental and emotional health. It will be available to access via a dedicated website and phoneline, and users will be gifted a complimentary poem – a poetry panacea – following the completion of a colour-based flowchart.
In the spirit of connection users will also be invited to respond to their poetry panacea and the PHS experience with a Haiku of their own – a traditional Japanese form of poetry consisting of three short lines that do not rhyme.
Sharing a range of exciting, inspiring, heart-warming and healing poetry from this unique literary apothecary, the Poetry Health Service is open.
|Available Online (2 Feb 2021 - 30 Sept 2021)|