A Book of Cantillatory Poems

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John Diamond, M.D.

ISBN: 978-1-890995-23-2 (400 pp.)

This collection of poetry, based on 25 years of clinical research into the highest therapeutic powers of all art forms, brings together highly acclaimed poets and many who have gone unrecognized for nearly four hundred years.


A few of the poets in this collection are recognized as truly great, especially Blake and Hopkins (although neither in his day), and some others you undoubtedly know – Scott and Gray, for examples. Others are totally unknown, coming down to us now with an odd poem or two collected in some old anthology. I am privileged that in this small way I can at least give some of them the recognition they deserve. Some have languished in near oblivion for so long, nearly four hundred years. Although I have searched through nearly two thousand books of poetry and tested countless number of poems, I am sure there are many that I have not found; and I apologize to them.

All communication begins with the mother. Her sing-song baby talk, her lullabies and her rocking that reflect the pulse of life are superimposed on the rhythms of her body and the sounds of her voice that the child experienced in the womb. When she totally loves her child she sings the Song of Love, the Song of Life. In this state of loving communication she is cantillating, and in his own way so is the child who will later become the cantillating poet in return. His poetry is the love he gives back to his mother, the mother who he knows to the very depth of his being really loves him.