Jackson Memorial Hospital
Created by Quinn Smith with Jackson Health Systems
“Bedside Meter” is a project that brings a special moment to patients who are recovering from a long-term injury. A team of poets, led by Quinn Smith, visits patients at Jackson Memorial who are in long-term rehab. The poets sit with the patients and ask them about a moment in their lives that they would like to have turned into poetry. The poets then take their words and fashion them into an original poem. At the end, the patient is given the poem to keep. As a part of the process, we ask the patients if we can publish the poems, with their names as authors, but this decision is ultimately with the patient, not the poet. The Bedside Meter poets are visiting patients throughout April and into May.