A Study of Being as Love

Discover yourself as being poetry through an autoethnography, i.e. a fictive-academic novel that draws concepts from philosophy, the humanities, and the social science. I will guide you to understand how and why through the fullest love you can transform yourself and the world around you into poetry.
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The method I used to create the poems is similar to Weems’ empathetic process of poetic creation that results from one’s “ongoing, lived experience-based research,” namely, a combination of autobiography and ethnography inspired by “first or secondhand” experiences.[1] This occurs because as an arts-based researcher, the source of data “is both autobiographical and scholarly,”[2] and therefore “there is no separating between the personal and professional.”[3] From the flux of interrelationships, for instance lectures in the humanities program, I am informed about a notion such as history. In order to bring into presence my interpretation of history, I sketch a mind map (i.e. firstly mentally and then in writing) that illuminates hidden interrelationships between meanings until I am able to associate those words in a process of free writing.

Once the free writing has ended, I begin the editing process that gives emphasis on cadence. However, there must be a balance between cadence and characterization of meaning. The more precise I desire to be regarding meaning; the more difficult it is to cadence and vice versa. Also, during translation I find myself in the same dilemma. If I prefer cadence, then the original meaning begins to fade away and vice versa. Subsequently, I continue the process of editing until I am satisfied with the final result. The editing process has a minimum of ten iterations per poem in this book.

In the following section, I will review autoethnography because the poetic data is analyzed through an autoethnography, novel-like narrative, which also follows methodology of arts-based research. This fictive-academic novel will draw from verbatim quotes by the physicist-philosopher David Bohm and the novelist-philosopher Iris Murdoch. Bohm and Murdoch will be my main characters, but I will also draw from other philosophers through books and notebooks that will allow me to introduce more quotes that inform the analysis of my poetry.  This is done with the intention of balancing the scholarly, the scientific, and the artistic within the methodology of poetic inquiry as a form of arts-based research.


[1] Weems, 133.

[2] Faulkner, 26.

[3] Faulker, quoting Leggo in 26.