Poem: The Band & the Promise

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Martin Donaghey


In a fascinating commentary on his approach to making sense – of texts, of art, and of life itself – the author describes the process whereby this poem came into being: ‘In my classically Autistic sensory experience, I encounter texts (trends, places, people) as a collage of individual pieces, which are then assembled together, mutually transforming each other into the pre-constructed whole that Neurotypical people are commonly gifted to see straight-off.’ He asserts that for autistic people, ‘our gifted advantage is an innate ability to construct that world-of-the-text for ourselves; to go on our own journey of meaning just to arrive at a “basic” definition.’

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