Dr. Jerald Winakur

ETHICAL CAREGIVING IN AGING AMERICA

Human Voices Wake Us

“Jerald Winakur’s Human Voices Wake Us carries the reader into that deep place where poetry and medicine intersect and generate healing. His poems celebrate beauty in the natural world, not in abstract terms but in its particularity,
in bluegills, dragonflies, dust devils, and prickly pear. They celebrate the wisdom of story, as when a student asks him, ‘Are butterflies birds?’ Or when he tells the story of Mick and the hamburger. And they celebrate the practice
of medicine in all its sorrows and joys, but especially compassionate solidarity with patients. In ‘This Sadness,’ a poem about cancer, Dr. Winakur writes, ‘this sadness / does not speak the language.’ But this poet-physician does speak
the language, the language of healing through poetry. A marvelous collection!”

—Jack Coulehan,M.D., author of The Wound Dresser

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