When I first read this article, I couldn’t help but think of that old TV public service announcement “This is your brain on drugs.” While poems don’t fry our brains, there’s something peculiar going on inside our heads when we read them, infecting us, in the words of Nabokov, with “the telltale tingle between the shoulder blades.”
Wish I could find a picture of what your brain actually looks like on poetry. Meanwhile, read more to see what science tells us. this-is-what-happens-to-your-brain-when-you-read-poetry
Wondering what to do this Friday? Here are some thoughtful suggestions:
1.) Read a good book (Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin, for instance).
2.) Find someone who needs help and show that person a little kindness.
3.) Write something in more than 140 characters.
4.) Learn about a religion, philosophy, or culture other than your own.
5.) Engage in a conversation that doesn’t require a screen.
6.) Say something reasonable, honest, and true.
7.) Sit in a quiet room and see how long you can keep two opposing thoughts in your head … or three if you dare!