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A doctor and a poet

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 01 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:479

What is poetry?

A poem is an answer to a question or problem. Poets are philosophers who
ponder questions and problems, and occasionally come up with an answer,
which they call a poem. If you want to write a poem, think about a question or
problem, but don't try to answer it. Let the question or problem sink from your
conscious into your unconscious. Then wait until your unconscious contacts
you, in a dream, a random thought, or a sudden insight, with an answer. This
answer will be your poem.

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08 March 2008
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA