‘Poietic Intermedia and the Traces of Visual Text’ is a two-volume thesis for a PhD in Creative Writing. Volume 1 is an online collection of sixty original text-image poems, accompanied by a fully hyperlinked print version, and Volume 2 is a reflexive critical commentary on the creative work. In the critical commentary I account for the poietic intermedial process of the writing and making of the sixty text-image poems in Volume 1. The main research question that has emerged in parallel to my creative practice asks whether and to what extent a descriptive typology can be designed and used to inform a reproducible writing procedure that is able to represent traces of place, event and experience in the writing and making of the sixty poems included in Volume 1. The typology, which is separated into two main categories, includes seven sensory and seven textual elements of trace as represented in the poems. Each of the elements informs the digital material conditions for the development of a poietic practice. Through this practice colour, shape and other elements are used in the creation of a program grammar within the design software for the operational use of the typology. The sensory elements identify ways in which landscape, place, identity, event, and experience are depicted in the poems. The textual elements identify ways in which the sensory elements are scripted in the text, with a further focus on dimension, directions, linearities and script characteristics for writing, voice and reading. The practice has created a metaphorical view of writing with the land, through which further metaphorical representations emerge in the concept of visual voice as a unique form of visual poetic expression. Through the wide range of reading options, textually configured through the typology, the visualisation also gives agency to readers to engage as co-creative participants as they read and create pathways through, or versions of my poems. Through the making and writing of the sixty poems in Volume 1, this study has created a fully reproducible procedure for intermedial poietic writing practice that is able to represent traces of place, event and experience in the location of the poems.
|Date of Award||2021|
|Supervisor||Tim Woods (Supervisor) & Neal Alexander (Supervisor)|