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There is value in taking poetry to work, and finding the poetry that’s already there. Publications like Harvard Business Review and FastCompany are starting to write about the power of poetry—noting poetry’s effectiveness in building creative leaders and problem solvers.
Yet there is no single source to guide those who are *at work* every day, with little direction for how to explore the power of poetry in the workplace.
Glynn Young’s Poetry at Work is that guide. From discussions about how poetry is built into the very fabric of work, to practical suggestions on how to be a poet at work, this is a book that meets a very real need.
Altogether—a landmark book that moves beyond David Whyte’s seminal book on poetry and the corporate world. More than just philosophy, this book brings the hope of practice and surprising discovery, the benefits of stress relief and increased accomplishment.
Poetry at Work Endorsements
“With Poetry at Work, corporate speechwriter Glynn Young adds eloquently to the conversation on poetry enjoyed by Dana Gioia, David Whyte, and Clare Morgan. I love this book in part because of its difficulty—or, rather, ease—in classifying its audience: everyone should read it. Poets, CEOs, HR directors, IT workers, nurses, job applicants, and even non-poets. How can you not want to read a book that compares the morning work commute to Joyce Kilmer and Homer? Young’s unique vision of poetry in the workplace goes beyond any primer or workbook—this book is elemental. The human drama of beauty, passion and conflict is here, expressed in its own poetry where the utilitarian cubicle is haiku, the sprawling conference room a villanelle, and the bristly TSA agent, a poet.”
—Dave Malone, author of View from the North Ten
“By rights, Glynn Young ought to be a beaten man. After all, he’s a poet who does his day job in the prosaic world of corporate communications. But after decades of this heavy action, he remains ebullient. And now he’s out with a book on poetry, in which he describes how poetry makes companies work better, shows us ‘the poetry of vision statements’ and—even more unlikely—’the poetry of PowerPoint’ and ‘the poetry of the organization chart.’ This book, for a corporate writer or anyone who wants to bring meaning into their work, is an oasis you’ll want to call home.”
—David Murray, Editor of Vital Speeches of the Day
“We don’t give ourselves enough time for poetry—at work or at home. If we did, our business life might be less stressful and more satisfying. We might find our work more rewarding. We might, as Young suggests, find the poetry at work.”
—Scott Edward Anderson, Global Marketing Director, Cleantech at Ernst & Young, author of Fallow Field