Writing the Self-Elegy (häftad)
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Southern Illinois University Press
Crittenden, Adam (förf)/Gonzalez, Rigoberto (förf)/Mccord, Kyle (förf)/Wong, Jane (förf)/Dorris, Kara (red.)
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Writing the Self-Elegy (häftad)

Writing the Self-Elegy

The Past Is Not Disappearing Ink

Häftad,  Engelska, 2023-05-31
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An innovative roadmap to facing our past and present selves Honest, aching, and intimate, self-elegies are unique poems focusing on loss rather than death, mourning versions of the self that are forgotten or that never existed. Within their lyrical frame, multiple selves can coexistwise and naive, angry and resignedalong with multiple timelines, each possible path stemming from one small choice that both creates new selves and negates potential selves. Giving voice to pain while complicating personal truths, self-elegies are an ideal poetic form for our time, compelling us to question our close-minded certainties, heal divides, and rethink our relation to others. In Writing the Self-Elegy, poet Kara Dorris introduces us to this prismatic tradition and its potential to forge new worlds. The self-elegies she includes in this anthology mix autobiography and poetics, blending craft with race, gender, sexuality, ability and disability, and placeall of the private and public elements that build individual and social identity. These poems reflect our complicated present while connecting us to our past, acting as lenses for understanding, and defining the self while facilitating reinvention. The twenty-eight poets included in this volume each practice self-elegy differently, realizing the full range of the form. In addition to a short essay that encapsulates the core value of the genre and its structural power, each poets contribution concludes with writing prompts that will be an inspiration inside the classroom and out. This is an anthology readers will keep close and share, exemplifying a style of writing that is as playful as it is interrogative and that restores the self in its confrontation with grief.
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In this anthology, poets mourn the selves they used to be or never became. While some interrogate and confront, others introspect and reflect on those lost selves. Whether it's a memorialized moment or a choice that pivoted a life, each of these voices is listening to the past and speaking back to it."Traci Brimhall, author ofCome the Slumberless to the Land of Nod What if? This is the question that productively drives this engagement with the self-elegy: somewhere between dream and selfie; with bodyminds shifted, twisted and nailed. The poets in this book engage their form with elegance and ultimate joy in their acts of creation. They also invite you into their fold: each poet offers prompts to the reader, as well as essayistic thoughts, de-mystifying and re-mystifying these acts of (inter)corporeal magic."Petra Kuppers,author of Gut Botany+ Eco Soma: Pain and Joy in Speculative Performance Encounters "Underscoring 'agency,' 'multiplicity,' and 'other,' a trifecta of inter-related themes that remain central to a broad array of negotiating Disability experiencesboth individual and collectivethe 28 poets in this iconoclastic new volume edited by Kara Dorris bring the self-eulogy into palpable distinction for a new generation of readers and writers. Negotiating temporal transformation while centering body-mindedness, authors both emergent and well-known cohabitate to contribute boldly to a global and local burgeoning Disability and Crip poetics movement. Writing the Self-Elegy is an aching palimpsest, a vibrant hologram, and an uneasy anthem that unapologetically defies categorization with its secular grace. I trust this bookincluding its badass triumph over inspo-pornwill find accessible homes and meaningful engagement in imaginations, conversations, and classrooms everywhere."Diane R. Wiener, author of The Golem Verses, Flashes Specks, and The Golem Returns, and Editor-in-Chief of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature

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Jehanne Dubrow is the author of five poetry collections, including The Arranged Marriage, Red Army Red, Stateside, From the Fever-World, and The Hardship Post. Her poems, creative nonfiction, and book reviews have appeared in the Southern Review, New York Times Magazine, and Hudson Review, among others. She has received a number of awards and fellowships, including the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award and two fellowships from the Sewanee Writers Conference. She is an associate professor at the University of North Texas. Bruce Bond, a Regents Professor of English at the University of North Texas, is the author of ten books of poetry and has served as the poetry editor for American Literary Review since 1993. His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry, and Bond has received a number of awards and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in recognition of his work.


CONTENTS Handmade Ink (An Introduction) Agency: The Framing Effect Teresa Leo Jennifer Maritza McCauley John Chavez Kasey Jueds Catherine Kyle Adam Crittenden Rigoberto Gonzlez Kyle McCord Jane Wong Naomi Ortiz Multiplicity: Multiple Timelines and Selves Denise Leto Carol Berg Kristy Bowen Floydd Michael Elliott Kara Dorris Jehanne Dubrow Carl Phillips Bruce Bond Kevin Prufer Other: Defining Self through the External Rusty Morrison Sheila Black Lauren Berry Anne Kaier TC Tolbert Raymond Luczak Stephanie Heit Juliet Cook Tanaya Winder Contributor Bios Acknowledgments