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'‘Tesserae’ enacts its own content, being a lyric essay about memory, brokenness and how lyric essays can both tell a partial story and open up questions about this story. The mosaic is metaphor and subject, as the narrator remembers moments from her childhood and intimates their effects on her later life, and on her writing. The work aims to demonstrate how the lyric essay form can support life writing that embraces narratorial subjectivity that is complex, fluid, contingent and relational whilst still adhering to Lejeune’s (1989) ‘autobiographical pact’.' (Publication abstract)


  • Epigraph: A mosaic is a conversation with time. (Williams 2009)

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    y separately published work icon New Writing vol. 16 no. 2 2019 16540027 2019 periodical issue

    'Does it come simply from understanding others or something more than this, the thing? You know, the thing? Where you read a poem or watch a film or hear the words of a song and it appears the writer of that work is speaking directly to you? Individually, specifically, to you.'  (Graeme Harper, Editorial Introduction)

    pg. 221-225
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