|dc.description.abstract||Helen or My Hunger is a poetic sequence that began in conversation with H.D.’s Helen in Egypt. It explores the relationship between memory, writing, and power, charting such concerns as iconicity, trauma, the body, and systemic violence. The poems think through a feminine mythmaking and storytelling (how and who we remember), weaving in and examining the speaker’s own “mythology.” It is motivated by some foundational questions: How is writing an act of memory? How do we construct our identities around the preservation or construction of memory? How is memory placed/displaced in the materiality of the body and its functions? How can power be drawn by resisting a single form, by allowing the work to find its own form, or formlessness?
“Reading Ekstasis: Tracking Contradictions, Sustaining Incongruences” re-examines the classical concept of Ekstasis as a means of opening up the self to public, social reality, as opposed to shutting it off. Primarily discussing the works of H.D. and Adrienne Rich, this introduction asks how a poet can “break through the abstract” using a patriarchal language that serves to divide and isolate.||