Autoorthography: an exploration of identity poetics with poetry
Harrison, Aimee C.
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This paper explores a poetics of hiding through explorations of language, identity, and literary influences. My preliminary findings are presented as poetic prose, scientific descriptions and small memoirs. Though fragmented, these short essays are arranged in five books each crystallized around a central idea: (1) identity and confessional poetry; (2) presentations of scientific fact in and societal impacts of writing; (3) the role of love in literature; (4) influences of traditional fairy tales and forms on contemporary magical literature; and (5) the role of naming in identity formation, problematized through uncertainty. I would like this exploration of hiding to be an exercise in disclosure: who I am in person and who I am in language; who I am in logic and who I am in sound. where the lines blur and where they solidify provide results for a hypothesis I have yet to write.