Writing allows me to explore experiences within and outside myself. I have evolved as an individual by exposing myself through my work to others and to myself. The process of editing-continual change and disorganization-is one of the most magnificently chaotic and rewarding addictions one can have. The genesis of this collection of poetry is as explainable as the functioning of my lungs. Upon arriving into this world, whether it was instinct or forced, I swallowed and exhaled air. I screamed. I was told to be quiet until I grew tired. Then, I wrote, and I wrote, and I wrote. The purpose: to survive, to find voices within the wreckage of social identity. To testify to the branch of sanity that keeps me in society, I am writing about madness, specifically how it relates to the complexity of societal control. I also hope to test readers' expectations of poetry as it is today-to question the relevancy (which I believe to be nonexistent) of autobiographical sketches in relation to the work's speaker and to remind her/himself concerning the importance of the concrete imagery of the subconscious versus verbose abstract commentary. This work has succeeded in its mission if one reader is offended or turns off the television.
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Leiby, Jeanne M.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences;Poetry
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Grubbs, Cortney Michelle, "Madwoman" (2002). HIM 1990-2015. 239.