Being a Poetic Researcher: Holding the Tension of Artist in the Academy and Academic in the World
I came back to poetry through my academic work, and I came to the academy with my artistry. There is a tension between the two identities of artist and academic. I live and work in that tension.
I will describe how I understand my identities as academic and as poet and how, for me, they have come together to form one identity, that of poetic researcher – an identity that contains multiple identities. I will detail how my art is my way of thinking, my way of engaging intellectually with the world around me, and how my academic work is art, my poetic explorations of questions, experiences, and phenomena.
For this session I will draw on my doctoral dissertation, where I wrote a book of poetry as the data for my research. The book of poetry was followed by an exegesis describing the process of writing the poetry and what both the process and the poetry came to mean for me. My doctoral work opens a space for conversation about what this method of researching might mean for the academy and for communities beyond the academy.
Keywords: Poetic Researchers, Poetic Inquiry, Arts-Informed Research, Identities
Dr. John J. Guiney Yallop
Assistant Professor, School of Education, Acadia University