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We’ve all noticed – in the past year, colleagues are sometimes busy with other things. Often it is email, sometimes it is children, other people or pets.

Veerle Spronck and Denise Petzold were recently spotted knitting during a research presentation. Read further for the poem they wrote about how knitting supports listening, and for photographic evidence of this novel practice.

Keep sending your contributions to sally.wyatt@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

An exercise in Zoom focus: Attentive knitting

By Veerle Spronck & Denise Petzold

Endless Zoom hours
Blue light, aching shoulders
How to listen?

Distracted scrolling
The “pling” of incoming mails
Failing to focus

Picking up needles
Of wood nice to touch
Connecting on- and offline

Knitting opens up
A space for hands and ears
To attend anew

Through the mind move
Trains of thought
Through the fingers:

Endless threads of yarn
Caught up in a rhythm of softness
At the end – a Zoom-scarf.

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