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FSH Poetry in the New Yorker

Posted By Administration, Thursday, January 22, 2015
  "Medicine and poetry have long been intertwined" - Alastair Gee, The New Yorker 


What is your favorite section of each new Families, Systems, & Health issue? Editor's comments? Media review? Original articles? Well, your favorite section may now be poetry.

Recently, Alastair Gee from The New Yorker highlighted the creative work of Adam Possner and Johanna Shapiro, co-editors of FSH. Brief history lesson: FSH was started by Don Bloch who also founded CFHA. Check here and here for more history. 

In the article, Gee shares one of Possner's more whimsical poems, entitled "Drug Holiday":

You work so hard,
with little thanks,
toiling nonstop
in the wet heat,
the airless dark

Gee also shares some insightful comments from Shapiro who believes patients are more akin to poems than essays. “You think a patient is going to be like a well-organized essay, but what you really get is a poem. You’re not sure what they mean, and they don’t tell you everything all at once, up front.”

The article is a nice hat tip to the editorial efforts of Possner and Shapiro who strive to balance the technical, data-driven journal articles of FSH with some art and creativity. Interested in submitting your own poetry? See the journal webpage for more information. 

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