Creative: Strengthen Your Spirit
Emergency Poet is the world’s first and only mobile poetic first aid service. What a great idea! Here is a description of it taken from the website:
A mix of the serious, the therapeutic and the theatrical, the Emergency Poet offers consultations inside her ambulance and prescribes poems as cures. In the waiting room under an attached awning Nurse Verse dispenses poemcetamols and other poetic pills and treatments from the Cold Comfort Pharmacy. There are skulls, jars of eyeballs and other body parts inside the ambulance.
Dressed in white coat and stethoscope, Emergency Poet travels in her 1970’s ambulance, accompanied by Nurse Verse or The Poemedic to literary and music festivals, libraries, schools, pubs, weddings and conferences… anywhere where poetic help may be urgently required…
Emergency Poet was conceived by poet and writer Deborah Alma as a fun way of bringing poetry to people. She is assisted in this by creative partner and poet James Sheard.
Deborah is an experienced workshop facilitator and has delivered a range of poetry and creative writing workshops. She works using poetry to help communicate with people with dementia, both for The Courtyard Theatre in Hereford and for Ledbury Poetry Festival. She has been lead writer for Writing West Midlands Writing Squads in Shrewsbury & Ludlow, teaching creative writing to young people and teaches the Writing Poetry module at The University of Worcester. She was writer in residence for the NHS conference in 2013 on Mental Health and Wellbeing and Poet in Residence at The Hurst, for the Arvon Foundation. She is a highly skilled practitioner with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Birmingham and an MA in Creative Writing (with Distinction) from Keele University.
As well as the strong, fun visual appeal of the Emergency Poet concept, Deborah believes strongly in its ability to engage all audiences in the relevance and therapeutic nature of poetry, and delivers this experience in festival settings, libraries, schools, city centres and at various other events.
Here is a link to an interview with Deborah Alma on my favorite radio show from the BBC, Outlook. Deborah’s interview is second on the roster for October 28, 2014. It’s great to hear her tell the story of her idea!
Here is one of her poemcetamols prescribed to an online “patient” who wrote in with the malady of working too hard...
by Brian Patten
What do cats remember of days?
They remember the ways in from the cold,
The warmest spot, the place of food.
They remember the places of pain, their enemies,
the irritation of birds, the warm fumes of the soil,
the usefulness of dust.
They remember the creak of a bed, the sound
of their owner´s footsteps,
the taste of fish, the loveliness of cream.
Cats remember what is essential of days.
Letting all other memories go as of no worth
they sleep sounder than we,
whose hearts break remembering so many