A Huge Silence: And the Way of Words

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Inspired by Jon Kabat-Zinn's suggestion that mindfulness is best captured in poetry, this paper reflects upon performed poetry as a contemplative practice for audiences. It discusses the paradoxes of words and dharma, and words and silence, and draws on the work of Iain McGilchrist to examine the role of poetry in, and as, contemplative practice.

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contemplative practice, poetry, mindfulness, McGilchrist, Right brain

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Middleton, D. K., (2023) “A Huge Silence: And the Way of Words”, Performance and Mindfulness 5(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.5920/pam.1267

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Deborah K Middleton (University of Huddersfield)

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