Being a Poetic Researcher: Holding the Tension of Artist in the Academy and Academic in the World

By John J. Guiney Yallop.

Published by The Arts Collection

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I came back to poetry through my academic work, and I came to the academy with my artistry. There is a tension between the two identities of artist and academic. I live and work in that tension. In this paper, I draw on my doctoral dissertation, where I wrote a book of poetry in two sections as the data for my research; I pay particular attention to the struggle I experienced in the conversation about whether or not to follow the book of poetry with an exegesis, the second part of my dissertation. I open here with two poems from my dissertation, one from each section of the book of poetry.

Keywords: Poetic Researchers, Poetic Inquiry, Arts-based Research, Identities, Holding Tensions

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.093MB).

Dr. John J. Guiney Yallop

Assistant Professor, School of Education, Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada

John J. Guiney Yallop is a parent, a partner, and a poet. For his doctoral dissertation, defended in March 2008, John wrote poetry to explore emotional landscapes, identities, and communities. John lives in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, with his partner, Gary, and their daughter, Brittany.


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