Whidbey poet Judith Adams will show Stanwood the healing power of poetry

For Judith Adams, “There’s a poetic remedy for every type of challenge we have.”

Poet Judith Adams speaks
Poet Judith Adams will present “The Poetic Apothecary: Poems for Healing and Comfort” at the Stanwood Library on Nov. 9.

The Whidbey Island poet will demonstrate her belief with “Poetic Apothecary: Poems for Healing and Comfort” at the Stanwood Library at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.

Adams was visiting her native England two years ago when she found “The Poetry Pharmacy: Tried and True Prescriptions for the Mind, Heart and Soul.” William Seighart, founder of National Poetry Day in England, compiled poems under a wide array of emotional well-being from numerous poets. Adams read it and felt inspired.

“I was fascinated by this book,” Adams said. “I thought I’d actually like to build my own (poetry) pharmacy, but ‘apothecary’ is much more majestic.”

Adams returned home and started compiling poems for “Poetic Apothecary.” The themes help readers understand and process grief, fear, sadness and loss. During her presentation, Adams encourages her audience to share poems they love and discusses the healing power of writing poetry.

Adams moved to Pennsylvania in 1976. During a West Coast “poetry holiday,” she met writers from Whidbey Island. Adams and her husband moved to the island in 2000 and haven’t regretted it.

“I’m so glad we came,” Adams said.

Adams has published four books of poetry, conducted poetry workshops, recorded several albums of her work, and published her poems in magazines and anthologies. Adams has held readings at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the Frye Art Museum, Third Place Books and libraries throughout Western Washington.

Adams’ performance at Stanwood Library is supported by Humanities Washington and Friends of the Stanwood Library. Adams is a Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau presenter for 2019-2020.