Abstract

In “The New Biography,” Virginia Woolf warns against mixing “the truth of real life and the truth of fiction.” But does poetry inhabit a liminal space, where ordinary rules of fiction and non-fiction don’t apply? Is factual the same as true? And what does the form of poetry bring to biography. This essay reflects on these ideas in relation to the author’s own practice of writing biographical poetry, focusing on poems about the lives of women from history published in My Iron Spine (2008), using as a particular example “Artemisia Gentileschi, 1593–circa 1642.”

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1456
Print ISSN
0162-4962
Pages
pp. 23-33
Launched on MUSE
2016-07-29
Open Access
No
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