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Sixth sense

Sixth sense.

The poem at the link is a wonderful description of poetry as a sixth sense.

Poetry is like a sense which brings all the other senses alive and into sharper focus. We are able to read the words and enjoy their fuller meaning in the spaces between each word, each line, and each stanza.

We relive poetry over and over in new ways and embody the meaning in who we are and who we are becoming.


About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

10 responses »

  1. La poesía es un alimento para el alma.

    Saludos desde Madrid.

  2. “Synesthesia”, scientifically speaking 🙂
    Lovely poem.

  3. Very true! 🙂 Poetry really seems to make the soul and the mind come together beautifully. I’ve been wondering recently if it’s because it so simple and highlights key words and reveals those things that mean so much to us, in a way that a lengthy article or book might be less likely to achieve because there’s so much more ideas to distract the mind.

    • I told my students poetry makes us think about each word and space personally. Each word we select is done with precision, but so is each interpretation of each word. There cannot be a single meaning.


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