This is National Poetry Month, a fitting time to examine the value poetry offers us in this moment of crisis and mourning. The story in the New York Times describes how Dr. Norman Rosenthal, a psychiatrist in Rockville, Maryland, uses poetry as a therapeutic assistant with his patients. “I have loved poetry since I was able to read, and it has been a personal source of comfort and solace to me at different times in my life. As a therapist, I have collected poems along the way that I thought had the power to heal, inspire, or at the very least, bring joy,” said Rosenthal. Rosenthal’s compilation is published as “PoetryRX: How 50 Inspiring Poems Can Heal and Bring Joy to Your Life”.

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