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Poetry prescription

Updated Monday, 3 July 2023
Feeling loving, adventurous or scared? Poetry Prescription will find you the perfect poem to reflect your mood. 

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‘What if this road’ by Sheenagh Pugh, from Id’s Hospit (Seren, 1997)

From ‘Drysalter’ by Michael Symmons Roberts. Published by Vintage. Reprinted by permission of the Random House Group Limited

Reproduced with permission of Curtis Brown Group Ltd., London on behalf of The Trustees of the Pooh Properties. Copyright © Trustees of the Pooh Properties 1927

Fleur Adstock ‘Against Coupling’, Poems 1960-2000, Bloodaxe Books, 2000. Reprinted with permission of Bloodaxe Books, on behalf of the author

Clare Brant, ‘Eggs’ from Dark Egg, Shoestring Press, used with permission

Jane Kenyon, ‘Happiness’ from Collected Poems. Copyright © 2005 by the Estate of Jane Kenyon. Used with the permission for The Permissions Company, Inc. on behalf of Graywolf Press,

All images in Poetry Prescription were provided by Unsplash except:

'Baby Shoes' by Nedra under CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0 licence.

'Yoho Road' by James Wheeler under CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0 licence

'Bunratty Castle Jacobean Bed' by B y Fredi under CC-BY-2.0 licence.

'White Corset Closeup' by Photowitch |

'Snowscape Over Scottish Loch' by Bred2k8 |

'Haze Hills Landscape' by Andriy Markov |

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