My recent research and work on the research excellence framework has prompted me to explore some of my research questions and findings creatively. By expressing ideas in new and engaging ways, I believe there is the opportunity to bring new audiences to research and with them new questions, ideas and problems.
I said a while back on Twitter that I wanted to experiment with writing creatively, something that I have never been overly confident with. Below is my first attempt: a poem that is based on some of my more recent research. I’d welcome any thoughts, comments and/or reactions.
Staring through the looking glass,
Hard, cold, flat
I feel nothing.
No texture, no roughness, no depth.
A crack – in the corner…
I touch it, carefully, so that I can feel.
I will spend my life here
Watching those that I think I know,
Following each move, each gesture.
I cannot join them; no,
They cannot hear me, they cannot see me,
For I am here on the other side,
Behind the glass.
Hard, cold, flat.
I turn away. I am with you.