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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

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and spent the last 14 years teaching in an incrediable hybrid school setting. My dissertation topic and research were how teachers experience becoming who teachers, as human subjects. For me, teaching is a calling and vocation that allows me to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what will call me. We have begun a small consulting and leadership firm called Rocky River Leadership & Consulting Ltd.

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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