Evie Shockley and Julie Ezelle Patton’s work struck me the hardest, and I find that I’m still having difficulty articulating analyses for experimental literature. I’ve noticed, interestingly, that my thoughts about the work come abstracted—it’s been a challenge to think about experimental work in a traditional-critical kind of way. I looked at Evie Shockley’s “a thousand words” and was interested in the process but didn’t really know how I’d talk about it. I figured if I couldn’t conceptualize what was happening as I read then I could try something active. If I copied the process or whatever I think is the process then maybe I’d come to some kind an understanding. It looks like a word association exercise so I tried simply imagining words. I expected them to appear in my head but nothing was happening without any context; I needed context. I was reading about the donald trump sexual assault allegations and his comments from 2005. In the tape he says “you can do anything” a reference to the female body and accessibility. I tried using “anything” as the framework, as Shockley used torture. The first word in each line is pulled from the article and I tried word association from there. What happened for me was that phrases started to come. I’d opened up headspace for nonsensical and incomplete thoughts and I really liked what was coming. That kind of process allowed more room. I hadn’t given myself any indirect or implied parameters as I may have in another space and I ended up with more material than I expected that could be manipulated and fleshed out. And the process and the piece were made much more valuable to me: three hundred
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