Reading and responding to poetry: To know, to experience

Owen Bullock, Lucinda McKnight, Ruby Todd

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Three poet-researchers conduct three different readings of Tishani Doshi’s poem ‘A Fable for the 21st Century’. We ask how as creative practitioners and critics we can negotiate the desire for mastery of a text, and the dangers a semiotic reading presents, allowing for difference, indecision and complexity. We present our initial readings of the poem and summarise our discussions of them grounded in the transactional reading theory of Louise Rosenblatt and nuanced by assemblage theory. A final section includes three original poems written in response to Doshi, together with a brief discussion of them, and forms part of our conclusion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)608-617
Number of pages10
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


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