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InVerse Medicine by @upreetdhaliwal is a Stress Busting Festival pick #nonfiction #poetry #giveaway

Title: InVerse Medicine Author: Upreet Dhaliwal Genre: Non-Fiction [Poetry] Book Blurb: The poems contained in this volume are conversations we could easily overlook in our rush to provide care. Through poetry, I explore what it really means to be sick, and what it means to be a provider, or a caregiver. These poems are for people who have ever been unwell, and for those who have never been sick; for people who love poetry, and for those who wonder and doubt; for people who think the healthcare system is fatally flawed, and for those who serve in the system with dedication and love. The book is for learners of the healthcare professions, just as much as it is for teachers and practitioners. These poems are for you... Excerpt



Please breathe

I need you to pull in as much oxygen as you can

until we get a ventilator


from its current tenancy.

You’re a grandfather, you told me.

You’re not afraid, you said.

But your words disappeared

under an oxygen mask

and, even through my double gloves,

I felt your fingers tighten around mine.

Breathe, I whisper,

and my entreaty

fogs up

impervious PPE glasses.

Does he hear me?

Or are my pleas lost in the mists

of an oxygen-starved cerebrum?

Breathe! I command,

and your fingers twitch in mine,

and I hope

that when it does become available

you won’t need the ventilator

any more


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Print Version available from: Pothi, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

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Write. Watch a rom-com. Crochet. I’m listing three ‘favorites’ because it’s tough to pick one without feeling I’m cheating on the other two. If I were to rate them, they’d all have exactly the same score.

Why is your featured book a stress busting read?

It was stress-busting for me to write it. The book is about issues that troubled me, personally, or that I wondered about when I heard of other people’s stories. Converting these human experiences into verse made me feel like I was bringing the issues from a dark place into the light and that gave me a measure of relief. These poems come from varied perspectives and could provide solace to others who have been there but haven’t found their own voices.


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Open internationally

Runs May 1 – 31, 2021.

Drawing will be held on June 1, 2021.

Author Biography:

Upreet Dhaliwal trained as an ophthalmologist, and has spent the happiest years of her life as a medical teacher and an eye surgeon. Rediscovering the humanities, especially poetry, and introducing them into health professions education has added a valuable dimension to her understanding of illness and health. She also writes contemporary, humorous romance as Reet Singh.

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May 25, 2021

I'm honored to be here - thanks so much!


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May 25, 2021

Thank you, Upreet, for sharing your book in our Stress Busting Book Festival!

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