Poems & Stories

Our team is here for you 24/7. Use these virtual resources to enjoy poetry or a good story recited by our writers in residence. Words take on the greatest meaning when they’re shared with others, and reading them out loud gives them life and emotion that they don’t always have on the page. These resources are all prepared for you by the talented team at UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine program. Audio and Video will be added as they are produced.

Listen to Poetry – Video

Poetry Series by Writer in Residence Andrew Hix

Poetry is often utilized in creative writing activities with patients at the bedside. Watch Andrew's recitations below.

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“Breakage” By Mary Oliver

“Invitation” By Shel Silverstein

“Snail” By Langston Hughes

“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” By Robert Frost


Listen to Poetry – Audio

Poetry Series By Writer In Residence, Olivia Ardizzone

Poetry is often utilized in creative writing activities with patients at the bedside. Listen to Olivia's recitations below.

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“An Observation” An Original Poem By Olivia Ardizzone
“Sleeping in the Forest” By Mary Oliver.
“Dawn Revisited” By Rita Dove
“More Than Enough” By Marge Piercy

Poetry Series By Writer In Residence, Andrew Hix

Poetry is often utilized in creative writing activities with patients at the bedside. Listen to Andrew's recitations below.

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“A Message”. An Original Poem By Andrew Hix
“The Hen” By Lord Dunsany. A short story that Andrew uses to inspire patients during creative writing activities.
“Unity” By Scottish writer, Violet Jacob
“I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud” By William Wordsworth. A poem about how memories of beautiful moments can bring us comfort when we are alone.
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Special Contribution: Poetry Reading by AIM Co-founder Dr. John Graham-Pole