SUDBURY, ON – Sudbury’s Poet Laureate Kim Fahner, with the help of Sudbury’s Past Poet Laureates, has brought stanzas to patients and families in the North Tower, the fourth floor at HSN.
In November and December of 2011, Kim Fahner spent countless hours with her father when he was in the palliative care unit at Health Sciences North. She noticed that there wasn't a lot of art. "When my dad was dying, I remember thinking that there wasn't a lot to distract him, or me, or other patients and families, from the surreal situation in which we suddenly found ourselves”, says Kim Fahner, Sudbury’s Poet Laureate. “The days and nights were very long, and I remember thinking that I longed to see some art, and then I started imagining what it would be like to see poems on the walls. For me, visual art and poetry are two things that always help to lift me up when things are difficult in my life. I liked the idea of putting poems on windows because, for me, they both are things that let in the light”.
Kim worked alongside HSN staff to put poems on the windows on the fourth floor this Summer and Fall. She chose the work of the previous poet laureates, including Roger Nash, Daniel Aubin, and Tom Leduc, as well as one of her stanzas, to display on windows in the oncology, long-term care, and palliative care units.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Poet Laureate, the Poet Laureate's office, and the City of Greater Sudbury Public Library, and to bring comfort to people who see the poems, whether staff, patients, or families”, says Lise Thomas, Clinical Manager, Oncology, Medical and Palliative Unit. Our hope is that the poems will bring a sense of encouragement, solace and peaceful reflection.”
HSN would like to thank Kim Fahner, Poet Laureate and the Poet Laureate's office, and the Greater Sudbury Public Library for their contributions and for providing comfort to our patients and families.