Williamson, Jennifer Ann
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The themes in this collection of poems center on location, memory, and identity. Many of the poems are travel poems that reside in a specific geographic and temporal locations but which, in the course of the poems, expand outward to capture the emotional landscape projected by the speaker. The poems also focus on familial and romantic relationships, while exploring the attempt to navigate an identity that is defined, or reinforced, by connectivity. A large number of poems investigate the relationship of memory to identity, not only examining memories for their story content, but also probing the change in relationships when an individual loses his or her capability to rememberhow that loss of memory affects those around him or her as well as perceptions of self, identity, and the way in which we connect.