Poem as Literature Review: Poetic Rumination on the History of Poetic Inquiry


  • Adam Vincent Kwantlen Polytechnic University


poetic inquiry, research methods, literature review, research poetry


This poem, akin to a literature review, is based on a presentation made at the 2019 Canadian Society of the Study of Education (CSSE). It focuses on Poetic Inquiry (an umbrella term used for research that uses poetry in the data gathering process and/or in data processing or dissemination). The aim of the poem is to play with the form of a literature review while exploring the history of Poetic Inquiry, bringing to light some of the internal debates that exist within the community who use poetry in their academic work, and consider if the work requires labelling to exist in the realm of scholarly methods and tools.