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Tell All The Truth but Tell it Slant: Poetic Truth and Indirectness

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posted on 2020-05-01, 00:00 authored by Paul Hetherington, Cassandra AthertonCassandra Atherton
In this paper we argue that poetic truth insists on indirectness as the only possible manner of saying something truthful, deep and compelling. In this way, we flesh out the notion that ‘Poetry transfigures what it touches, so that it is revealed another way’ (Gibson, 154). Importantly, as a way into grasping ideas of ‘truth’ and ‘slant’, this paper prioritises our explorations and reflections on Dickinsonian ‘slant’ in our own poetic practice. In two case studies, we explicate prose poems from our recent sequences: Paul Hetherington’s book Palace of Memory and Cassandra Atherton’s sequence ‘Touch’, focusing on intertextuality, humour and subversion to demonstrate our own way of approaching ‘slantedness’ in our prose poems.

History

Journal

Axon: Creative Explorations

Pagination

1-1

Location

Canberra, A.C.T.

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

1838-8973

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2020, Paul Hetherington and Cassandra Atherton

Publisher

The Centre for Creative & Cultural Research, University of Canberra