Poetry and Mindfulness

Interruption to a Journey
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 29. August 2018
 
  • Buch
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  • Softcover
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  • 140 Seiten
978-3-319-88640-4 (ISBN)
 
At a time when the Humanities are under threat, this book offers a defense of poetry within the context of growing interest in mindfulness in business, health care, and education. The book argues that the benefits and insights mindfulness provides are also cultivated by the study of poetry. These benefits include a focus on the present, the ability to see through scripts and habits, a rethinking of subjectivity, and the development of ecological or systems thinking. Bryan Walpert employs close readings of traditional and experimental poetry and draws on scientific studies of the effects of mindfulness or reading literature on the brain. It argues the skills that poetry, like mindfulness, cultivates are useful beyond the page or classroom and ultimately are necessary to engage with such global issues as the environmental crisis.
Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2017
  • Englisch
  • Cham
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  • Schweiz
Springer International Publishing
  • Für Beruf und Forschung
  • 1 farbige Abbildung
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  • 1 Illustrations, color; XIII, 125 p. 1 illus. in color.
  • Höhe: 210 mm
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  • Breite: 148 mm
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  • Dicke: 7 mm
  • 192 gr
978-3-319-88640-4 (9783319886404)
10.1007/978-3-319-68681-3
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Bryan Walpert is Associate Professor in the School of English & Media Studies at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. His publications include the poetry collections Etymology, A History of Glass, and Native Bird; the fiction collection Ephraim's Eyes, and the monograph Resistance to Science in Contemporary American Poetry.

.-1 Introduction.-2 Mindfulness, Mindlessness, Poetry.-3 The First Fruit: Interruption to a Journey.-4 Nature, Defamiliarization, Ambiguity.-5 The Second Fruit: No-Self.-6 The Third Fruit: Poetry, Ecology, Contingency.
"what Walpert does so beautifully in this book is use the art to save the art. ... Poetry and Mindfulness is primarily aimed at those who teach literary studies and creative writing `who find themselves pressed by students, colleagues, or those beyond the academy to explain the relevance of poetry'. It will also interest poets, and anyone interested in current research about the intersections between literature and wellbeing, or mindfulness and wellbeing. It's worth interrupting your journey to read this book." (Sue Wootton, Corpus, corpus.nz, November 19, 2018)
 
"what Walpert does so beautifully in this book is use the art to save the art. ... Poetry and Mindfulness is primarily aimed at those who teach literary studies and creative writing `who find themselves pressed by students, colleagues, or those beyond the academy to explain the relevance of poetry'. It will also interest poets, and anyone interested in current research about the intersections between literature and wellbeing, or mindfulness and wellbeing. It's worth interrupting your journey to read this book." (Sue Wootton, Corpus, corpus.nz, November 19, 2018)
At a time when the Humanities are under threat, this book offers a defense of poetry within the context of growing interest in mindfulness in business, health care and education. The book argues that the benefits and insights mindfulness provides are also cultivated by the study of poetry. These benefits include a focus on the present, the ability to see through scripts and habits, a rethinking of subjectivity, and the development of ecological or systems thinking. Bryan Walpert employs close readings of traditional and experimental poetry and draws on scientific studies of the effects of mindfulness or reading literature on the brain. It argues the skills that poetry, like mindfulness, cultivates are useful beyond the page or classroom and ultimately are necessary to engage with such global issues as the environmental crisis.

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