What Entrepeneurs Could Learn From Trying to Write Poetry

What Entrepeneurs Could Learn From Trying to Write Poetry

Humanities majors are becoming increasingly desirable to corporations. Just take a look at this recent study suggesting that Google’s most-prized skills in its employees are those cultivated by a humanities degree rather than a STEM degree. But even if you don’t have a degree in the humanities, you can still take insight from the wisdom that programs of study like English, history and philosophy have to offer.

For example, I recently read Mary Oliver’s A Poetry Handbook: A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry in preparation for a poetry segment in one of the literature courses I’m teaching, and I was struck by how much of Oliver’s advice to budding poets is incredibly relevant to the corporate world as well. The following points and their accompanying Handbook quotes demonstrate how the humanities, and poetry in particular, can offer fresh advice and creative strategies for becoming a better employee, business owner — you name it.

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Memphis Literary Arts Festival Launches

If the prevailing stereotype of the writer/reader is of a solitary individual, slaving away with bleary eyes, then the Center for Southern Literary Arts (CSLA) aims to challenge the traditional narrative. Because stories are inherently a means of communication and of reinforcing our connections — with each other, with the past, and with our cultures. To illustrate the communal aspect and intersectional nature of storytelling, in its many forms and genres, the CSLA is unveiling the inaugural Memphis Literary Arts Festival (MLAF) this Saturday, June 16th, in the Edge district.

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15 Father’s Day Gifts For The Dad Who Likes To Read Or Write

Is it just me… or are dads incredibly hard to shop for? Every year, no matter the occasion, I struggle to find the right gift for my own father, who hates gadgets, could care less about fishing, and never wears a tie unless he’s in court. The one thing I know he does like is books, which is why this year, I’m picking him out one of these Father’s Day gifts for the dad who likes to read.

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