Scientists at the University of Exeter, using brain imaging technology, “found activity in a ‘reading network’ of brain areas which was activated in response to any written material. But they also found that more emotionally charged writing [i.e., poetry] aroused several of the regions in the brain which respond to music. […] In a specific comparison between poetry and prose, the team found evidence that poetry activates brain areas … which have been linked to introspection.”
Joseph Hutchison, Colorado Poet Laureate 2014-2018, has published 17 books, including a translation of flash fictions by Mexican author Miguel Lupián, and co-edited two anthologies. He lives in the mountains southwest of Denver, Colorado, the city where he was born. He teaches at the University of Denver's University College, where he currently directs two programs: Arts & Culture and Global Affairs.