Visual Imagination, reflexivity and the power of poetry: inquiring into work life balance

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This article explores the use of visual imagination and reflexivity in the creation of poetry as a form of action inquiry. The power of poetry to help inquire into and illuminate new understandings is demonstrated in the creative and imaginative use of imagery, similes and metaphors contained within the choice of words and the connections made to them. Through my work with managers and staff in organisations, using poetry I have come to understand that the poetic words used not only hold the possibility of explaining and describing experiences, they validate the range of associated emotions and can also influence actions when new meanings and understandings are reached. I have found that the process of action inquiry encourages and facilitates reflexivity. For the purpose of this article I have chosen to focus on work-life balance – an issue that many find challenging at different stages in their working lives.

Keywords: poetic action, inquiry, work–life balance, poetry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-152
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2017


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