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Poetic Inquiry

Craft, Method and Practice, 2nd Edition

By Sandra L Faulkner

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208 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Poetic Inquiry: Craft, Method, and Practice examines the use of poetry as a form of qualitative research, representation, and method used by researchers, practitioners, and students from across the social sciences and humanities. It serves as a practical manual for using poetry in qualitative research through the presentation of varied examples of Poetic Inquiry. It provides how-to-exercises for developing and using poetry as a qualitative research method.

The book begins by mapping out what doing and critiquing Poetic Inquiry entails via a discussion of the power of poetry, poets’ and researchers’ goals for the use of poetry, and the kinds of projects that are best suited for Poetic Inquiry. It also provides descriptions of the process and craft of creating Poetic Inquiry, and suggestions for how to evaluate and engage with Poetic Inquiry. The book further contends with questions of method, process, and craft from poets’ and researchers’ perspectives. It shows the implications for the aesthetic and epistemic concerns in poetry, and furthers transdisciplinary dialogues between the humanities and social sciences.

Faulkner shows the importance of considering the form and function of Poetic Inquiry in qualitative research through discussions of poetry as research method, poetry as qualitative analysis and representation, and Poetic Inquiry as a powerful research tool.

Reviews

I can think of no better guide than Sandra Faulkner to walk alongside you to explore the possibilities and power of poetry in qualitative research practice. This updated version of her book Poetry as Method provides exemplars of her own poetic inquiry and points to many more in this small but growing and vibrant field of arts-based research. I will recommend this book to my colleagues and graduate students, and will return to it myself when in need of inspiration.

Dr. Monica Prendergast, Professor, University of Victoria, co-editor of Poetic Inquiry and Poetic Inquiry II

Sandra L. Faulkner has done it again, written a book that is a true gift to the research community. Poetic Inquiry: Craft, Method, and Practice is a beautifully rendered, all-encompassing guide to using poetic inquiry in qualitative or arts-based research. Faulkner makes a persuasive case for the place of poetic inquiry in research across the social sciences and humanities and offers detailed methodological instruction, robust examples, and practical assistance including how-to exercises. I absolutely love this book! I will be pulling it off my bookshelf often. It is a must-read for researchers, professors, students, writers, and anyone interested in artful approaches to research. It would also make an outstanding classroom text in qualitative, arts-based, or creative writing courses. I highly recommend this outstanding text.

Patricia Leavy, PhD, author of Method Meets Art and Spark

Faulkner’s in-depth, nuanced and extremely important treatment of poetic inquiry is a balm to those who have poetic sensibilities and who have expanded their vision of what research could and might be. Faulkner’s own commitment to the form provides encouragement, and will inspire others to take the leap!

Michelle Reale, author of Inquiry and Research

Sandra Faulkner's follow up to her seminal work, Poetry as Method, is a comprehensive overview of both the theory, method, and praxis of doing poetry as research, written in the clear, succinct voice of a feminist, poet-researcher passionate about poetry as art, teaching others how to create it and using poetry as a social justice tool to change the world one poem at a time.

Mary E. Weems, Ph.D., Author of "Blackeyed: Plays and Monologues"

Rich and hearty. Come to this book hungry to improve your thinking about poetic inquiry. Come to this book hungry to improve the listening and writing practices that matter. Faulkner has proven - in a scholarly sense - why poetry matters as a research form and tool. She does this in both a complex, well-cited way and an accessible way. And then come the examples, the how-to, the what-to-try, the robust fodder for your future art-and-service making, and you can just gather it all up. Revel in the pleasure and utility of it. Truly a gift.

Kimberly Dark, Sociologist, Writer, Raconteur, Author of Love and Errors and The Daddies

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Preface

The Book

Acknowledgements

Chapter 1. The Power of Poetry

Chapter 2. Poetry as Method

Chapter 3. Concern with Craft

Chapter 4. Exercising the Poetry Muscle

References

About the Author

Sandra L. Faulkner is Professor of Communication at Bowling Green State University. Her interests include qualitative methodology, poetic inquiry, and the relationships among culture, identities, and sexualities in close relationships. She received the 2014 Knower Outstanding Article Award from the National Communication Association and the 2016 Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award.

About the Series

Developing Qualitative Inquiry

Books in the Developing Qualitative Inquiry series, written by leaders in qualitative inquiry, address important topics in qualitative methods. Targeted to a broad multi-disciplinary readership, the books are inteded for mid-level to advanced researchers and advanced students. The series forwards the field of qualitative inquiry by describing new methods or developing particular aspects of established methods.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC024000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Research