We live in a world of instant gratification, where the universe is at our fingertips. We’re attached to mobile devices and use them for nearly everything in life. We can read tidbits of information, short blog posts, news articles, and check out our friends’ vacation photos.
In our busy lives, it seems many of us lack the patience or time to fall into a lengthy relationship with a story. Microsoft performed a study of Canadian smartphone users and asserted that the human attention span has dwindled from twelve seconds in the year 2000, to eight seconds in 2013. The attention span of a gold fish? Nine seconds.
But all is not lost. Book stores did not crumble under the weight of new technology as some predicted. In fact, independent book stores are experiencing a revival of sorts. People are stepping away from their smart phones (for a little while) and are diving into books, especially Millenials.
Despite the negative studies on our attention spans, we are still a nation of readers. We know how to supplement our online reading with the option of turning dusty pages, inhaling the redolent fragrance of a paper book. We still know how to get lost in a good story.
What book have you recently read that captivated you? When did you realize you were lost in this particular book? Or which book can you lose yourself in again and again? Get lost in thought and write a poem about a book that kept you mesmerized.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here’s a poem from Donna we enjoyed:
Nicholas convinced me
to secretly seek
red doors on hollow trees
and bunnies living inside.
—by Donna Falcone
Photo by Han Cheng Yeh. Creative Commons via Flickr.
How to Write a Poem uses images like the buzz, the switch, the wave—from the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry”—to guide writers into new ways of writing poems. Excellent teaching tool. Anthology and prompts included.
“How to Write a Poem is a classroom must-have.”
—Callie Feyen, English Teacher, Maryland