Title

Leak

Date of Award

2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing

First Advisor

Nicole Markotic

Keywords

Social sciences, Language, literature and linguistics, Abjection, Disjunctive, Error, Experimental, Poetry

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

"Leak" is a poetry manuscript with accompanying artist statement that explores the overlaps, gaps, and fissures of mind, body and text. The manuscript uses disjunctive poetic techniques, listing, sorting, and organizing of language, as well as a shifting subject, in order to represent the fragmentation and multiplicity of mind, body and text. "Leak" challenges hegemonic depictions of women's bodies through representing the "unrepresentable," abject bodies overflowing their own borders. "Leak's" bodies lose pieces and fall apart, while words slip out of place and letters drop away. Emergency room signage becomes incomprehensible, the census requests bodily measurements, a cyclist confuses oil with her own blood. Such textual gaps and overlaps contribute to "Leak's" intentional sense of unfinishedness, reflective of the impossibility of signifying one coherent mind, body, or text.

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