Whose Dissertation is it Anyway?
by Denise Purnell
Do I forfeit my nagging desires?
to act on my intuition
and bring to fruition
what I think the dissertation should be?
I'll take a stand and do the dissertation I want to do
Not for me or for you,
But for them!
It may not be immediately understood
This dissertation is for the greater good! (p. 223)
Jacobs, D. T. (2008). The authentic dissertation: alternative ways of knowing, research, and representation. London; New York: Routledge, 2008.
One particular morning
The chaos of the body
is apparent at dawn
when things tore loose
along the inner husk.
In the city, birds
twitter in the grey. Day
tears loose and blood and dawn
pulse in golds on the inner walls
Mental order is more defuse.
In the malleable and ordered life
perceptions suddenly focus
on the ends of things
like the universe and life.
Sleep will not tolerate
such intense awakeness.
The long day leans toward dusk.
What we can make asks
a meaning. That’s expensive;
time is bankrupt, Mother.
It pays us for exhausting ourselves.