Transforming Negative Thoughts with Poetry
by Marlene De Bleyker
The brain holds some of our oldest technology, according to Jeremy Gregg, managing director of Gregg Partners. He recently took to the Ignite stage to talk about the heart of poetry, saying “Not about meter or rhyme or musical language but one of the most unique capacities of the human brain, the oldest technology we have, the ability to make metaphors.”
He equated the metaphor to a quote by poet Wallace Stevens who said, “nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.” Gregg feels it is the ability to make comparisons to see similar things and to unite them.
Acknowledging that high school English class has skewed most people’s love for poetry, he said that poetry is a way to redefine your thought process. Pointing to a Chinese proverb he said, “Your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your character and your character defines your destiny. So if you want to change your destiny you have to change your thoughts.”