On The Subject of Love, Loss, Hope and The Critical Self

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‘When we love, we can let our hearts speak’ (Hooks, 2000:10); yet this trio of poems start with loss and ends with love. The arrangement of the trio is a purposeful performance of the path we sometimes travel to understand love – in its absence after it has been present. No other time has tested our resilience in loss as these last two years – of Covid deaths, illnesses, and isolation. The trio of poems submitted here is a practice of poetic inquiry to present an optimistic rendition of a state of loss, love and hope, portrayed through a critical acceptance of the struggle the self practices. Poetic inquiry asks questions of the writer – how does life feel? What does it say? It gives voice to these feelings and the lyricism provides the music that aids the reader’s understanding, inviting them to listen (Leggo, 2008). The poems presented here engage with the liminal processes of the emotions we feel when we struggle with pain – whether it be the pain of love, its recalcitrance, its loss, or the hope of its return. Life is not a task, but an art. Waiting is a virtue, love is a gift and poetry is voice.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalArt/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal
VolumeSpecial Issue 2022
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 16 Apr 2022


  • Poetic inquiry


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