The research also found that <b>reading poetry</b>, in particular, increases activity in the right hemisphere of the brain, an area concerned with “autobiographical memory”, helping the reader to reflect on and reappraise their own experiences in light of what they have read. The academics said this meant the classics were more useful than self-help books.
Streaked with fresh tears shining in the silver light
Of the moon reflecting off the windowpane
A rendezvous of sounds whisper in the night
Dark shadows flit into the overgrown lane
Of my mind; echoing the words; taunting me
Grappling with the visions to please set me free
Crumbled in frustration of inspiration
I dance with the shadows in liberation
Inspired by: "Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance." ~ Carl Sandburg
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Sponsor: Russell Sivey
Contest Name: Poetry about Poetry
9 January 2013