Poetry and the research conversation

People in conversation at poetry event
By Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York (Poetry in Motion: The Poet is In) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
My National Poetry Month posts are self-indulgent.  This year’s is particularly so. Please bear with me, though, as I’ll make an information literacy point (or two).

I’m preparing an essay for the Franco-American magazine Le FORUM.  The piece recounts how a certain poem worked with surrounding items in Le F.A.R.O.G. Forum (Le FORUM‘s precursor).  In essence the poem conversed with these paratextual items (news briefs, other poems, etc.).  As the poem was reprinted with different surrounding material, a second conversation took place as well.    Once again research is a conversation (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015).

In writing the essay I’m also conversing with the poem.  Those conversations don’t count my literal conversation (via email) with the magazine editors.  I’m even planning a conversation with the original poet.

The Scholarship as Conversation frame engages other frames, too.  I learned the term “paratext” in a conversation about the project.  Now I can use it in further study.  This act involves the Searching as Strategic Exploration frame.

I hope to submit the essay soon.  Stay tuned!


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2015).  Framework for information literacy for higher education.  Retrieved from ACRL website: http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework

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