The incubation period is a stage in the problem-solving process where attention is distracted from the problem in question and is instead focused on something else. Engaging with this incubation period has been shown to foster creativity in problem solving. However, such strategies inevitably adopt a rather passive approach. What this chapter proposes is a methodology for using poetry to help readers actively target their incubation period. By introducing the reader to specific forms of poetry and how to write them, this chapter will both provide an accessible route into enjoying and utilising poetry and will also equip you with a practical toolkit to be used in your future research and practice.
Illingworth, S. (2023). Using Poetry to Actively Target the Incubation Period. In O. Varsou (Ed.), Teaching, Research, Innovation and Public Engagement (109-119). Cham: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-22452-2_9