In the Ripe and Ruin
Poetry is often a space for exploration and transgression. The poetic project In the Ripe and Ruin seeks to both question and transgress, targeting the difficult nature of bodies and their complications through maturation and tragedy. Bodies are conflicted spaces, sites of gendered experience, decay, and growth. The critical preface and 23 poems serve as an exploration of identity as a woman, as a writer, and as a person with an increasingly fragmented sense of home and belonging. This project attempts an experimentation with poetic forms, utilizing typographical and generic convergence as a standard practice. The divergent poems work to destabilize linear narrative, creating a simultaneity of progression and regression throughout the collection.
English Language and Literature
Halford, Kathryn, "In the Ripe and Ruin" (2019). Honors Projects. 50.