Rx for Poetry
What if, in the middle of a lobby, a person seated at a table asked you if you needed a poem?
And what if, in the middle of that lobby, they wrote it, charged a dollar, and gave it to you? This is one of the things I do. It's called The Spontaneous Poetry Booth.
Rx for Poetry is a similar process that emerged from The Spontaneous Poetry Booth, where instead of writing a new poem on the spot, I prescribe an existing one.
Both of these are ways to involve people in a moment of self reflection that results in a poem. The process is simple: after asking you two or three questions, I will offer or write you a poem—in five minutes or less. When a poem works, it can reflect an experience that has not yet been articulated.
Some people laugh, and some tear up when they read their poem. Either way, my mission is to hand over a poem that captures that particular moment for that person. Rx for Poetry is suitable anywhere, but has found a home at wellness exhibitions and book fairs. (I’ve even enjoyed the high-wire act of writing on live radio!) Listen as Bloom talks about poetry in hospitals and prescribes a poem for host Nana Aba Duncan on CBC's Fresh Air.
Read a piece on Lit Hub about poetry prescriptions in hospital waiting rooms.