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Yrsa Daley-Ward Breaks Out of the “Instapoetry” Pack with Her Memoir “The Terrible”

Daley-Ward’s themes—addiction, mental illness, sexuality, body image, womanhood, self-expression—are familiar territory for Instapoetry. In addition, “The Terrible” has the experimental form and style one associates with verse more generally: there are invented words (“blackshining,” “powerfear,” “diediedie”), promiscuous italics and capitalizations, and irregular typefaces. Lines of text hover in fields of white space or are stacked into perfect rectangles. Daley-Ward prefers evocative fragments (“these parents of ours / our makers / our stars”) to complete sentences. Some chapters unfold as scenes in a play, replete with stage directions. (“YOU go the bathroom and struggle to peel this leather costume off your skin.”)

Daley-Ward, a British writer and model, embodies select elements of Instagram poetry while skirting its worst hazards.

Source: Yrsa Daley-Ward Breaks Out of the “Instapoetry” Pack with Her Memoir “The Terrible”

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This Agoraphobic Photographer Uses Google Street View to Travel the World

Photographer Jacqui Kenny roams the globe via Google Street View—from St. Louis, Senegal, to Arizona City, U.S—for her series “Agoraphobic Traveller.”

Kenny lives with agoraphobia, an anxiety condition that causes individuals to avoid venturing into crowded or remote places, for fear of having a panic attack and being unable to escape or find help. For some, at its worst, this can mean a fear of leaving home. To counter this, Kenny roams the globe via Google Street View, and virtually combs streets and landscapes to snap screenshots for her photography series “Agoraphobic Traveller.”

In some 26,000 screenshots and counting, she’s caught unsuspecting subjects—from a young couple kissing on a curb in Chile to three camels crossing an empty highway in United Arab Emirates—through her unlikely lens.

Source: This Agoraphobic Photographer Uses Google Street View to Travel the World