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Creative writing, Poetry
The critical preface to Dispatch is broadly organized into two sections. The first section defines and analyzes the “social lyric” as a sub-genre of documentary poetry, paying attention especially to the ethics of witnessing. The second section explores the relationship between local/global and silence/sound via readings of the life, letters, and poetry of Lorine Niedecker. The focus of these two sections is intended to contextualize the framework/preoccupations of Dispatch. The first two sections of Dispatch are focused globally (colonialism, witness/documentation, cultural trauma/memory) while the final section shifts to consider some of these same issues locally (family trauma, memory, identity, place).
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Schwilling, Taryn, "Dispatch" (2019). Restricted Access ETDs. 75.
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