Discovering Identity Through the Poetics of Ancestral Place –
online storytelling as documentary verse novel with poetry film
I have been researching my family history (and finding and visiting ancestral places) for more than twenty-five years.
. Tree is a journey into self-identity (as an online geopoetic and mythopoetic ‘verse novel’ with poetry films),
and includes archive material, live footage for poetry films and onsite documentary prose and poetic response,
as a form of haibun. It originated as a creative means to understanding where I ‘come from’; in order to
develop a sense of self and belonging, absent since childhood. The ‘novel’ follows a trail through linked, land-based
occupations and different historic periods over a thousand years; where the (still being uncovered) narrative
has been shaped through four main regions in three countries.
The 'novel' will unfold gradually in non-consecutive episodes, as bundles of discovery,
rather than beginning at 'the beginning' (and where is 'beginning'?). Eventually the chronology will fall
into place, but as additional information becomes available it will be updated in the relevant place
(probably until I decide to call it a day). In this way this is, ironically a living 'metabolic' document; helping establish
authorial identity, that paradoxically even the author is not wholly determining, like the journey itself..
First Installment Coming Soon