– PBS Documentary Tells the Stories of Patients
Whose Lives Have Been Dramatically Changed by Poetry Therapy –

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Filmed at a large teaching hospital in Florida, HEALING WORDS: POETRY & MEDICINE tells the stories of patients whose lives have been dramatically changed by the incorporation of poetry into their recovery process. At a time when Americans have grown cynical about health-care costs, impersonal treatment and the intrusion of corporate self-interest in the doctor-patient relationship, this film affirms that poetry and art can build understanding and compassion between doctor and patient and help facilitate healing among the most critically ill. HEALING WORDS airs in 2008 (click to view local listings) on PBS.

HEALING WORDS reminds viewers of the best medicine can offer — a doctor at the bedside listening to a patient. Dr. John Graham-Pole and poetry therapist John Fox enter hospital rooms and help patients write poems as part of their healing process. This film shows viewers that compassion can flourish in the unlikeliest of places — a sterile hospital room. John Fox gently coaxes words from patients — many of whom have never written poetry before. The result is touching, poignant and always surprising. Every patient has a different story. Poetry deepens their understanding of themselves and their illnesses, and, as the film shows, understanding is the key to healing.

HEALING WORDS is an inspiring antidote to the sad situations described in Michael Moore’s documentary Sicko. Though the U.S. medical system is undoubtedly riddled with problems, HEALING WORDS reaffirms that the doctor-patient relationship is sacred. Viewers will be touched by the compassion shown in this powerful and poignant documentary.

Can poetry heal? This documentary gives a resounding yes!

Underwriters: The Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, LEAW Family Foundation, and Grand Marnier Foundation.

Producer: Healing Words Productions. Format: CC Stereo

Contact: Joan Baranow, Tel.: 415-336-1066, Email: info@healingwordsproductions.com


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