chapter  11
Lessons From a Starfish
ByEva Hayward
Pages 16

I call this piece a critical poetics rather than a cultural account, so as to foreground the process of writing in it. For I want this to be a doing and a knowing that I get woven into – a kind of phenomenological telling. I am not only describing and articulating, not merely charting the geography, but am pulled into the gerunds of what I write out. That is to say, I am not creating a new narrative; rather I’m simply pulling at the stitches of ongoing processes. I am here not to confess, but to confect; I bear witness through relating.