Permeate and Penetrate: Trauma and Reformulation Poetry

Permeate and Penetrate: Trauma and Reformulation Poetry

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by Terriann Walling & George Gerard

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Trauma is inescapable and penetrates the human psyche. Permeate and Penetrate is an academic, artistic, and poetic hybrid which examines the fragmented psyche of the twenty-first century individual. The new theory of Reformulation Poetry demonstrates a collaborative process that reforms two individual poems of trauma into a new poetic piece.  

 

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Terriann Walling

Terriann Walling holds an honours degree in English, a Bachelor's degree in Education, and a Master's Degree in English from the University of Saskatchewan. She is currently a High School teacher in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Her main area of study is Twentieth Century American Literature and Literary Trauma Theory with a particular interest in modernism and William Faulkner. She is a writer and a poet whose passions lie in collaborative work, both academically as well as creatively.
 

George Gerard

George Gerard is currently a Senior Product Manager in San Francisco, California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Syracuse University. His main area of research study focused on human memory and emotion. He pursues his love of writing and art through collaborative partnership and discovery.
 

Permeate and Penetrate: Trauma and Reformulation Poetry

Trauma is inescapable and penetrates the human psyche. Unbidden traumatic memories are recalled repetitively, triggered by stimuli that hide within the incomprehensibility of traumatic events. The permeation of traumatic experiences leaves people fragmented and disoriented, living in, what the modernist poet T.S. Eliot would have referred to as, a wasteland of broken images. 

Using literary trauma theory, poetry, and collaboration, Terriann Walling and George Gerard theorize how individuals can feel free from the penetrating power of trauma. Permeate and Penetrate is an academic, artistic, and poetic hybrid which examines the fragmented psyche of the twenty-first century individual. Wounds of trauma are examined through written personal poetic testimonies, collaborative witnessing, and are responded to by reformulation of two poems of trauma.

This book expands upon literary trauma theory in the theory of Reformulation Poetry. The foundation for reformulation poetry is primarily based on Cathy Caruth, Shoshana Felman, and Judith Herman's research in the realm of literary trauma theory and psychology. The book includes poetry inserts from T.S. Eliot, Torquoto Tasso, Adrienne Rich, and original individual poems written by victims of traumatic events, as well as collaborative reformulation poems, made by two people who have experienced traumas. The book provides in-depth details about how to create poems of reformulation through a step-by-step process. Interviews from trauma victims are included giving their personal accounts of the reformulation process.


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