The lost boys

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Abstract

The following two poems were formed from transcribed interview text from an unpublished doctoral thesis (Lambert, 2006) which explores some of the ways in which identities and places could be considered mutually constitutive. Specifically, it examines the ways in which five lesbian identified women talk about their experiences and identities with, in and through queer places and events. The original words were spoken by two participants as part of their own narratives of self when asked to share critical moments in their lives when they noticed or felt themselves to be in some way different to and/or differentiated from others. There words are presented here as two thematically similar stand alone found poems, (see for example, Butler-Kisber, 2002; Glesne, 1997; Lahman et al., 2009) without theoretical analysis. This is done in order to both draw in and implicate the reader in the everyday social readings of nonnormatively gendered bodies. The poems thus raise critical questions about re-presentational issues in research as well as highlighting the imperative to do justice to the speakers of such words, and the complexities associated with such a task.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)414 - 417
Number of pages4
JournalQualitative Inquiry
Volume18
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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