World Poetry Day: Intellect Won’t Save Us But Poetry Just Might

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Sarah Brightman – Deliver Me

Intellect won’t save us but poetry just might. Celebrating World Poetry Day. I chose to include a few lines from a personal friend Lynne DeSilva-Johnson who is a poet and editor of The Operating System (@the_OS_).


I extracted these lines from her poem A Morning PrayerWhy these lines are so significant to me is that I believe we are all in an identity crisis. A crisis between nature and technology, a crisis between capitalism and collaboration, a crisis between big data and intuition, and finally a crisis between influencer seduction and our own solo voice. In the midst of so many tugs of war, abstract thinking, critical thinking, and introspection have never been more important muscles to strengthen. Poetry is a wonderful way to strengthen abstract thinking, critical thinking and introspection. I have a few favorites that are like vitamins for me. I read a poem every morning to launch my day. Here are some that I hope fortify your clarity:

1) #WorldPoetryDay: Everything Is Waiting For You by David Whyte

2) #WorldPoetryDay: For the Traveler by John O’Donohue and Why Terroir is My Favorite Word

3) #WorldPoetryDay: The Journey by Mary Oliver

4) #WorldPoetryDay: The Moment by Margaret Atwood

5) #WorldPoetryDay: The Swan by Rainer Maria Rilke and David Whyte’s Rilke

6) #WorldPoetryDay: Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

7) #WorldPoetryDay: Kindness by Naomi Shinhab-Nye

8) #WorldPoetryDay: Selected poems of US poet laureate Natasha Trethewey

9) #WorldPoetryDay: People Like Us by Roberty Blyan interview w/ Robert Bly

10) #WorldPoetryDay: The Promise by Jane Hirshfield … more on Jane Hirshfield

I could do 100 links for poetry. It is vital. Here are two additional articles that affirm why today’s complexity requires poetry:

Here are some writing practices that I hope strengthen your mental and creative rigor

Meanwhile, may you be inspired to write a line or two of your own.

Writing,
Jennifer

Cats -Deuteronomy ♫

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