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Literator (Potchefstroom. Online)

versão On-line ISSN 2219-8237
versão impressa ISSN 0258-2279

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PRETORIUS, Antoinette; CAROLIN, Andy; FOURIE, Reinhardt  e  KRUGER, Lida. (In)dependent meaning: Representations of addiction and recovery in selected poems produced in a rehabilitation centre. Literator [online]. 2017, vol.38, n.1, pp.1-12. ISSN 2219-8237.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/lit.v38i1.1395.

In this article we provide a close reading of selected poems written during creative writing workshops at a drug rehabilitation centre. We argue that these poems expose some of the uncertainties and complexities that characterise the representation of identity in experiences of addiction and recovery. We show that the speakers in these poems attempt to imagine and represent their experiences in language through a number of structuring binaries. These binaries include those between the speaker's experiences of active addiction and recovery, and the speaker's personal experience versus societal expectations and perceptions. Our reading of these poems is informed by the clinical context in which they were written, and our analysis reflects the bifurcation that governs this liminal space. Individual agency in these different spheres is approached in a very tentative way, and the speakers in these poems are shown to have trouble envisioning the future at the same time as their pasts appear unsettled. We argue finally that while current discourses and vocabularies surrounding addiction seem incomplete and inadequate for the expression of some complex experiences, poetry provides a platform that accommodates ambivalence and a multiplicity of meanings.

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