Yeh’s volume of poetry consists of 35 poems written over three years, providing a sustained and intense research effort to produce a complex work of creative writing. Through poetry that seeks to engage with contemporary society through the guise of avatars, memes, performance, and popular cultural references, this collection demonstrates the undertaking of a complex, extended and multi-layered process of creative investigation. The extraordinary range of individual poem titles and the variety of subject matter attest to the investigation of the given themes in considerable depth, from different perspectives, and in relation to a range of contemporary cultural contexts.
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Discipline constitutes a sustained exploration of alternatives to the lyric and to the poetry of personal confession. My practice research focuses on ekphrastic poems (poems inspired by or responding to works of art in other media), dramatic monologues (poems written in a voice other than the poet’s own), and poems in third-person voices. Rather than offering confessional or autobiographical content, my work stands in opposition to the personal lyric and engages with subjects and themes including contemporary art, animals, feminism, popular culture, and the urban landscape. I strive for formal and linguistic originality through the use of techniques such as fragmentation, disjunction, and parataxis, as well as by employing surreal imagery and unusual metaphors and similes. My work is rigorously crafted in terms of voice, diction, sound and rhythm, and the use of the line. Thematically, Discipline explores the nature of identity from multiple perspectives: identity as performance, as change, as struggle. The poems often feature imaginary landscapes or draw on episodes from recent history to comment on resistance, power, and the structures of oppression, channeling the voices of outsiders, artists, misfits, and (O)thers. Discipline is also concerned with innovative ways of approaching ekphrastic poetry and in expanding the field of ekphrasis to involve contemporary art produced by a diverse range of artists, in many media (painting, sculpture, video, installation, film). The interplay between poetry and art, text and image, is another issue considered in these poems.