Boundary Conditions: The limit of the map; 'In the midst of life, we ...'; Cross hatching

Jen Webb, Paul Hetherington, Paul Munden, Cassandra Atherton, Shane Strange, Anne Caldwell, Oz Hardwick

Research output: Textual Creative WorksPoem/s

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I suspect that all creative practice involves the struggle to bring clarity into a confusing, convoluted and complex world, and the various beings that coexist in that world, in part by crossing borders, shattering boundaries, and in part by focusing on one fragment of the all-there-is, regardless of its context. Draw a perfect line; build a story out of impressions and observations; notice and then preserve an image that contains within itself the sort of shimmering that must, surely, be the product of like butting up against unlike; of three trying to muscle its way out of two, and claim a place in society. For me, it is poetry in general and prose poetry in particular that affords this: its bounded paragraph-box removes a perhaps more superficial openness associated with lineation, and allows the fragment of the whole to take on an intensity and a multiplicity of possibilities—a blurring of the frame of convention.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputprint
PublisherNAWE - National Association of Writers in Education
Number of pages9
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

ISSN (Print)1361-8539


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