Date of Award
Master of Arts in English and Writing Studies
First Reader/Committee Chair
This article explores chronic poetics, through my personal lens I take readers on a walk- through of poetry and the discussions surrounding chronic illnesses. I examine the current state of chronic illness and the nuances to its discussion. I analyze chronic illness in the context of disability studies, and touch on the tensions of categorizing chronic illness as a disability. As well as how to best navigate reading chronic poetics, as poets engage in new territories as they form a new language to describe their circumstances. While analyzing multiple poems from different authors, I explore why specifically the vessel of poetry best suits the discussion of chronic illness as authors grapple with all of its obstacles, surroundings, and physical limitations that occur with it.
Simmons, Madeleine, "Chronic Poetics: A Waiting Room of One's Own" (2022). Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations. 1547.