In the past I seldom experienced a conflict between chess and poetry or writing itself. Recently I have noticed that if I play a lot of chess my mind seemed empty afterwards for writing. After pushing the wooden pieces and thinking of hundreds of moves my mind is barren to think of words.
I have 12 games going on against chess-player friends from England, Luxembourg, Canada, France and United States.
I'm reading Life of a Poet, biography of Rainer Maria Rilke. I get only snippets of phrases not enough to compose anything.
Do the art of chess and the art of poetry have the same brain centers? Or I'm just getting old.