• Apr, 26, 2021

Poetry Rx Press Coverage

Poetry Rx In The News

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A Poetry Reading List for the 25th Anniversary of National Poetry Month… Explore poets.org List

When Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal left his home in South Africa years ago he turned to poetry without fully realizing he was coping.

“Toward the end of medical school, I was going to leave home, to leave my family behind,” Rosenthal recalled. “I had my wife, my young son – I had everything in front of me. I denied and minimized the pain of the people I was leaving behind.

“It was this poem (“Letter to My Mother,” by Salvatore Quasimodo) that was like a lightning rod that conducted those feelings to a deep part of my psyche.”… Read Full Article

Imagine your therapist writing a prescription for a Shakespeare sonnet or a Dylan Thomas poem—as well as prescribing anxiety medication. Well, Norman E. Rosenthal, MD, is that therapist! World-renowned for his research on seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and pioneering the light therapy to treat it, Rosenthal has written a new book, Poetry Rx: How 50 Inspiring Poems Can Heal and Bring Joy to Your Life. … Read Full Article

Poetry Rx: Iconic Poems to Heal, Inspire, and Bring Joy

For centuries, poems have offered lyrical vehicles for celebration and praise, love and longing, discovery and insight, comfort and solace. Now, in his latest book, the world-renowned psychiatrist and best-selling author Norman Rosenthal, M.D., has forged a love of poetry with his understanding of the human psyche into a balm for heart and soul in Poetry Rx: How 50 Inspiring Poems Can Heal and Bring Joy to Your Life (G&D, May 2021). … Read Full Article

The Love Code With Dr. Sherrill Sellman


This podcast contains a wonderful exchange with Dr. Sherrill Sellman. Intimate and informative–Dr. Rosenthal and Dr. Sellman talk about psychiatry, meditation poetry and more.Listen to the Podcast

Breakin’ It Down With Frank MacKay

Dr. Rosenthal had a fantastic time speaking with Frank MacKay about the pandemic, loneliness, depression, healing, joy, AND his latest book PoetryRxListen to the Podcast

Directed Daydreaming; The “Nature Pill;” Kiran Krishnan on Lessons From The Pandemic; Norman Rosenthal on Poetry For Psychotherapy; Judy’s Wild Woman Wisdom on Hitting The Wall… Listen to the Podcast

April is National Poetry Month. I have it on good report that “poetry can heal.”

If you witnessed Amanda Gorman’s incredible reading of her poem “The Hill We Climb” at this year’s presidential inauguration, you may already believe that. The amazing Ms. Gorman has a new children’s book coming out in the fall; I have pre-ordered it and plan to use it in holiday gifting to my grandchildren… Read Full Article

Imagine a therapist writing a prescription for “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas or “Hope Is the Thing With Feathers” by Emily Dickinson or a Shakespeare sonnet—as well as prescribing an anxiety medication. Might poetry be a vaccine for the emotions?… Listen to the Podcast

As I was growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa, I had several ambitions. I wanted to be a psychiatrist, a researcher and a writer. I went to medical school in South Africa, then moved to the U.S. to study psychiatry at Columbia in New York City. Finally, I went on to a research fellowship… Read Full Article