More discussion? Did it happen? On 4 March the timesonline asked its readers: “ ‘Poetry’s very existence seems to provoke argument.’ More Poetry? Less poetry? You tell us, please.”
The answer next week was, apparently, "yes, please, more poetry", but then the article ended, curiously, with a description of something called ‘Poems in the Waiting Room’, thus:
“Certainly poems can give comfort; Jeanette Winterson has mentioned an initiative called 'Poems for the Waiting Room' which provides — free except for postage — poster poems for hospitals and doctors’ surgeries. No, poetry is no cure, but how can anything beautiful do harm? The latest set comes from many languages and I would rather read a poem than an ancient copy of Take A Break! Anne Adams tells us that poetry is 'an important part of therapy' at the Hospice of St Francis at Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire.”
Is it just me or does this seem a bit odd?
P.S. And why does the thing have to be called an initiative (well, of course, I know why, it's the speak I have to use as well, every *^@#ing day, but it's an easy word to mistype, apart from anything else ...). Exit left muttering darkly in a Luddish kind of way, vowing not to even touch on the 'therapy' isshew.