We humans are creatures of the land, who usually observe the sea from above its surface. Beneath the surface, though, the sea looks, sounds and feels like a distinct and unique environment. The poet Sarah Hymas invites us beneath the waves, to perceive the sea and the interrelationship between sea and land, between it and us, in deep and immersive ways.
Sarah’s talk investigates how applying the phenomenology of myopia to Delueze’s concept of becoming can re-make our relationship to the sea, dissolving the duality of terrestrial and marine existences. From the perspective of a creative practitioner, she uses poems from Jorie Graham’s 2008 collection Sea Change to illustrate how the lyric is able to enact the process of becoming. She considers how shifting subjectivities create entanglements between the self and other to disrupt notions of authority and fixed anthropocentric perspective; and explores the ways in which deterritorialization of language and form open up the lyric as a site of discovery for its protagonist and reader. The podcast examines the lyric occasion as an individual and cultural response to the sea as simultaneously distant and embodied, visible and invisible, certain and precarious.
Sarah Hymas is a AHRC-funded postgraduate research student working out of Liverpool University. This podcast was recorded during the series Late Summer Lectures in 2017. Listen to other lectures from the series here: