Poetry at Work, Chapter 1: How to Recognize a Poet

If there is such a thing as a poetic movie, the 2016 film Paterson is perhaps the archetype. The actor Adam Driver plays a bus driver named Paterson, who listens to the conversations of his passengers, colleagues, and friends, and to his own interior conversations, and writes poetry. He works in Paterson, New Jersey, and the man Paterson and the town Paterson eventually come to be seen as of the same essence. Person becomes place becomes person. Poetry constitutes a sizeable portion of the dialogue. Continue reading “Poetry at Work, Chapter 1: How to Recognize a Poet”

Welcome to Poetry at Work

When it came, it came as a BFO – a blinding flash of the obvious.

I was working in communications for a Fortune 500 company. A large portion of the day-to-day work was meetings. We had a team-based culture, and to our work, our teams had to meet.

The teams, and the meetings, proliferated. We had departmental meetings. We had cross-functional meetings. We had committee and subcommittee meetings. We had telephone meetings, video meetings, and online chat session meetings. We had one-on-one meetings. We had staff meetings. We had briefing sessions, strategy discussions, and crisis planning meetings. We often had meetings to plan meeting agendas. Continue reading “Welcome to Poetry at Work”

Give this gift first…

I never really understood why Vincent van Gogh chopped off his ear until I found out he did it on December 23rd – two days before Christmas. Seems he was living with his old buddy Gauguin, and the two of them had been getting on pretty well until the holidays approached. Tensions rose and van Gogh (who was a bit of a drama queen anyway) threatened his friend with a knife – finally cutting off his own ear. Now I know it was just because he could no longer stand the sound of the man’s voice!

Holidays can bring out the worst of us. Stress is high and goodwill toward men is a challenge in the mall parking lot. Unfortunately, many times we are actually kinder to strangers than the ones we love most dearly. As we’re getting closer to Christmas day, take a moment to ask God for an extra measure of grace, and then give it away. That’s the gift your loved ones need today.