The poems in Melissa untitled investigate the name and the act of naming as they relate to identity and imagination. The name is an indicator of the person or the place, of course. Further, though, the name constitutes a part of the individual (person or place), for the name can stimulate one to conjure (or can help one in conjuring) an image of (and thought about and feeling towards) the individual. Thus, the name informs image, thought, and feeling (in both 'reality' and the imagination). How far can one write into, and out of, the name? The name, then, is a threshold of public and private ...
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