This performative autoethnography sways between past and present, setting two towers and a flying trapeze into a “responsive dialogue” in the liminal space between waiting and weightlessness, the mirrored mediations engage in an intra-active word play that reflects the forward–back arcing rhythms of lived experience. The pas de deux of the intertwined stanzas seeks to embody on the page an iterative conversation between memory and materiality, time and form, sorrow and joy, connections missed… and connections made.
Kelly A. Franklin is a PhD student in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida. She would like to offer her most heartfelt gratitude to Mariaelena Bartesaghi for her encouragement and guidance, and her thanks to the reviewers for their thoughtful feedback. Correspondence to: Kelly A. Franklin, Department of Communication, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CIS 1040, Tampa, FL 33620, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kelly A. Franklin; Free Fall. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 September 2018; 7 (3): 53–59. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2018.7.3.53
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