2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Free Association With Things In My Bedroom
Leia P. Wilson
Dr. Jamie D'Agostino, Faculty Mentor

I propose a reading of original creative writing that explores the residues of language and livingthe tensions between saying an awful, heartbreaking thing prettily, and with playing more dissonant chords; chords which reflect, and refract, the accuracy of everyday life. My work is an attempt to reflect survival. For me, this is the texture of poetry. Texture in a verb: Survive. Breathe. Feel. In the words of Brenda Hillman, How to get out of the deadness with deep enough feeling to survive with pleasure. Not always concerned with narrative, my poetry relies on memory, history, and personal testament; its concerned with the act of seeing and witnessing. This work locates itself at the intersections of several literary genres. The primary interest is in the conversation between genres, in the taxonomy of what sets one genre apart from another, and in utilizing the methodical approaches from one genre in another.

Keywords: poetry, fish, silence, here, trees, snowflakes, the inter personal, ouch, language at its limits

Topic(s):English
Women's and Gender Studies

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 50-4
Location: VH 1232
Time: 2:00

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