The last of my quotations addresses the need for writers to live in, and with, all manner of writings.
Read poetry every day of your life. Poetry is good because it flexes muscles that you don’t use often enough. Poetry expands the senses and keeps them in prime condition. It keeps you aware of your nose, your eye, your ear, your tongue, your hand. And, above all, poetry is compacted metaphor or simile. Such metaphors, like Japanese paper flowers, may expand outward into gigantic shapes.
Ray Bradbury (1994) Zen and the art of writing. Santa Barbara: Joshua Odell Editions. p 36
“Such metaphors, like Japanese paper flowers, may expand outward into gigantic shapes.” — that is exactly the point I was trying to make to a scientist friend the other day. She did not get it that some people/cultures don’t use metaphor for explanations but as ways of thinking.