“Passing, Again” performs a generative autobiographic poetic response to Imani Cezanne's poem “#flyingwhileblack.” Bryant Keith Alexander's framing of generative autobiography and Sheila Stewart's articulation of poetic inquiry provide the conceptual frameworks that guide the crafting of this critical and creative response. “Passing, Again” is thus intertextual in that it derives its form from Cezanne's just as it is metatextual as a standalone poem. At the same time, “Passing, Again” is the result of poetic inquiry; it performs a means of poetically analyzing lived experience as a mixed-race Asian/white queer and nonbinary trans person who often passes as white, cisgender, male, and heterosexual relative to their transnational family and relationally with their partner who is administratively designated as their “wife.”
Benny LeMaster is Assistant Professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University. Thank you to Amber Johnson and Javon Johnson for organizing this important Opening Session for the 2017 National Communication Association annual convention and for inviting me to contribute to the dialogue. I remain moved by the words shared in this circle of thinkers, artists, and activists. Special thanks to Miranda Olzman, Greg Hummel, and Meggie Mapes for your creative and critical feedback and guidance. Correspondence to: Benny LeMaster, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University, PO Box 871205, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Benny LeMaster; Passing, Again. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 December 2018; 7 (4): 156–162. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2018.7.4.156
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