Location

Schewel Hall Room 231

Access Type

Event

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Event Website

http://www.lynchburg.edu/academics/red-letter-day/student-scholar-showcase/

Start Date

6-4-2016 9:00 AM

End Date

6-4-2016 9:15 AM

Abstract

For my creative project, I have written a collection of poetry that presents character studies of individuals characterized as misfits, rebels, and collectively the misunderstood. Through my poetry, I seek to explore that which is considered by a greater part of society to be odd and even topics that might make some people uncomfortable such as the sensation of feeling nauseous and the questioning of social stereotypes. In addition, my poetry plays with societal ideas about mental illness, specifically in my challenge of the conventional topics of an ode and dedicating lines to anxiety and vomit. As a result, many poems come across as humorous in a dark and subtle way, which I believe contributes to the eccentricity and oddity of the collection as a whole. My poetry’s distinction is that it comes to me from my own personal experiences, relationships, and thoughts. For example, a major theme in many of my poems is mental illness and my main reason for choosing to focus on the struggles of dealing with anxiety, is because I myself have a daily battle with my own thoughts. I hope to take these insights into my own life that may at times be quirky or even strange and make them relatable to anyone that happens to read my poetry.

Faculty Mentor

Allison M. Wilkins, MFA

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Apr 6th, 9:00 AM Apr 6th, 9:15 AM

The Weird and the Wonderful: Poetry Dedicated to Exploring Social Stereotypes Surrounding Mental Illness and the Misfit

Schewel Hall Room 231

For my creative project, I have written a collection of poetry that presents character studies of individuals characterized as misfits, rebels, and collectively the misunderstood. Through my poetry, I seek to explore that which is considered by a greater part of society to be odd and even topics that might make some people uncomfortable such as the sensation of feeling nauseous and the questioning of social stereotypes. In addition, my poetry plays with societal ideas about mental illness, specifically in my challenge of the conventional topics of an ode and dedicating lines to anxiety and vomit. As a result, many poems come across as humorous in a dark and subtle way, which I believe contributes to the eccentricity and oddity of the collection as a whole. My poetry’s distinction is that it comes to me from my own personal experiences, relationships, and thoughts. For example, a major theme in many of my poems is mental illness and my main reason for choosing to focus on the struggles of dealing with anxiety, is because I myself have a daily battle with my own thoughts. I hope to take these insights into my own life that may at times be quirky or even strange and make them relatable to anyone that happens to read my poetry.

https://digitalshowcase.lynchburg.edu/studentshowcase/2018/presentations/100