Poetry and Medicine article by Lois Leveen

OPA members may be interested in “Finding Purpose: Honing the Practice of Making Meaning in Medicine,” an article about using poetry to facilitate discussions among physicians, among “interprofessional health care teams,” and between healthcare practitioners and patients. It’s just been published by The Permanente Journal (Permanente is a medical journal akin to JAMA or the New England Journal of Medicine, so this article appears alongside ones about cutting edge research in medicine.) Here’s the abstract:

Despite decades of advances in diagnosing and treating a broad range of illnesses, many changes in our health care system impede true caregiving, leaving patients and practitioners dissatisfied and creating an emotional burden for practitioners that contributes to the staggering rates of physician burnout. Given this dissatisfaction and disconnection, practitioners and patients alike can benefit from structured opportunities to explore the expectations, assumptions, and emotions that shape our understanding of health and illness, and thus our experiences within the health care system. This article demonstrates how group discussions of poetry—something that might seem irrelevant to medical practice or physical wellness—can foster communication, connection, and collective reflection for physicians, interprofessional health care teams, and groups that include practitioners, patients, and families, allowing participants to once again find meaning in medicine.

You can download the PDF here: http://www.thepermanentejournal.org/files/2017/17-048.pdf It’s free, and written in an accessible style, and I am hoping it will do good work in the world, so please share it widely.

Blue Interval (introduction by Alan Contreras)

Blue Interval: Poems of Crater Lake National Park, first published in 1935 by UO faculty member Gerry Moll, has been released in a new edition by special arrangement with his daughter Carolyn Moll, with an introduction by OPA member Alan Contreras. Some additional material not in the 1935 edition has been added. Proceeds from sales go to support the Ernest G. Moll Faculty Research Professorship in Literary Studies at the University of Oregon.

Just Published: Arn Strasser “Incidental Longing” and READING

On Thursday, Oct. 5th at 7pm at BROADWAY BOOKS I will be reading from my just published new collection, INCIDENTAL LONGING (Budding Branch Books). The books is available at Broadway Books, Powell’s City of Books, Cannon Beach Bookstore, Garden Fever and other independent outlets.

Hope you can make it!