Moon Wrasse

Willo Drummond

Abstract


“Moon Wrasse” forms part of my PhD research into The Extended Mind and creative writing practice. Extended Mind style arguments frame words as material vehicles with which we engage in bodily acts of manipulation constitutive of cognition. “In constructing a poem” writes Andy Clark, “we do not simply use words to express thoughts. Rather it is often the properties of the words (their structure and cadence) that determine the thoughts that the poem comes to express” (Being There, 208).

The poem emerges from an attempt to write the unknowable-unsayable (Hetherington, Sotto, September 2013). Although there is an increasing amount of literature on the Trans* experience, there remains little on the experience of trans-partners, particularly on the experience of lesbian/bi/queer partners who now find their identity redefined, rewritten. In the liminal space of transition, it can take time to find the words to frame the experience of arrival.  Attempts are made and abandoned in the notebook: it seems the experience can neither be spoke nor sung. How do you speak your experience of an emerging masculinity that is not your own? Eventually however, lines accrete, ‘meaning’ coheres: words offer up a “language-bridge” (Hetherington), and a poem (like a partner) is born.


Keywords


Creative writing practice; Poetry; The Extended Mind; Transgender; Trans*-partners

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