Here’s contribution #6 on “Why Poetry Matters” that was submitted for the poetry and wine giveaway last month. The randomly chosen commenter received a copy of L.L. Barkat’s InsideOut: Poems, and the winner of the 100-word statements on what poetry matters received a copy of the poems and a bottle of Sineann wine.
When poetry speaks (whether I am writing or reading) . . .
. . . colors are brighter, my vision is clearer, and I hear sounds I would not have heard.
. . . I read the Bible more carefully, more thoughtfully.
. . . my emotions have an outlet, and I do not explode.
. . . communities build.
. . . writer and reader make connection.
. . . I am more sensitive to and considerate of others.
Related (where I mention other benefits of poetry): Scientists Are Poets, Too!