Feature Story

Social Spoken: Jon Sands on Technology's Impact on Healthcare

by John Earnhardt

The fourth poet in our summer poetry series is Jon Sands. Sands' poem, "What If?", tells the story of how healthcare could be delivered to the home via video.

Jon is a professional performance artist and teacher. His first full collection of poems, The New Clean, was released in 2011 from Write Bloody Publishing. Jon has performed and facilitated poetry workshops with university and arts organizations both nationally and internationally, and is Director of Poetry Education Programming at the Positive Health Project (a syringe exchange center located in Midtown Manhattan), a CUNY adjunct lecturer, as well as a Youth Mentor with Urban Word-NYC. He has represented New York City multiple times at the National Poetry Slam, and lives in Brooklyn, where he "makes better tuna salad than anyone you know."

"What if the hospital could drive to you?  What if you could put the doctor in your waiting room and she had to read the back of cereal boxes and make small talk with the refrigerator? What if you could see her and your bunny slippers at the same time?"

—Jon Sands

All of the original poems in our series focus on the real life uses and impact of the network on our daily lives. We will publish a poem each Friday throughout the summer. We hope you have a great summer, and we hope that this series gives you a little different way of learning about the power of the network in our lives.

Other poets featured in this series are: Aneta Brodski, Bob Holman, Rachna Vohra, Aja Monet, Mahogany Browne, Patrick Rosal, Tahani Salah, Shappy Seasholtz, and Edwin Torres.  The dates of the poems are listed here.

Our first poet in the series was Aneta Brodski.  You can view Aneta's poem here.
Our second poet in the series was Rachna Vohra. You can view Rachna's poem here.
Our third poet in the series was Aja Monet. You can view Aja's poem here.

More info on Jon Sands here. Follow him on Twitter @iAmJonSands.

The Network: Cisco's Technology News Site worked with Ironbound Films to produce a series of original poems written and performed by some of the best spoken word poets in the world. All performances were filmed at the famous Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan.