This lyric essay is a faux-abstraction of personal experience and growth in a particular human body on this planet. The original is composed of nearly 2,000 words, divided into short segments, which form an uneven chronology of various experiences that seem to have affected the development of the protagonist, who remains an unnamed "you." Thematically, the piece gradually encompasses and blurs various iterations of the word "leave" as both a noun, verb and concept until it is unclear whether "to leave" is to exit or arrive. The original piece can be found at https://medium.com/the-annex.
B.A. Rhetoric, 2022
| UC Berkeley
Eva Hannan is a student in the Rhetoric Department whose senior thesis will center on the female prisoner's body as a site where the judicial system and late capitalist exploitation by multi-national corporations collide. Her work more generally encompasses concepts of truth as experienced and recorded by collectives, individuals and institutions, and specifically the modes of governmentality that actively or passively promote or allow for particular conceptions to perpetuate as truth. She has a background in Journalism and hopes to graduate with a Creative Writing Minor.