Not that I need an excuse to read poetry, but an article published yesterday in the Harvard Business Review, entitled The Benefits of Poetry for Professionals by John Coleman provides a welcome reminder of how ‘useful’ and beneficial reading and writing poems can be. Coleman highlights four virtues related to engaging with poetry:
-poetry teaches us to wrestle with and simplify complexity.
-Poetry can also help users develop a more acute sense of empathy.
-Reading and writing poetry also develops creativity.
-poetry can teach us to infuse life with beauty and meaning
Coleman concludes that “to those open to it, reading and writing poetry can be a valuable component of leadership development”. So without further ado, get your fix of empathy, creativity, beauty and meaning with this glorious poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti:
CONSTANTLY RISKING ABSURDITY (1958) via PoetryFoundation.org