Biomythography is a term created by Audre Lorde for her book Zami, a simple spelling of my name. It has described as the weaving together of myth, history and biography in epic narrative form, a style of composition that represents all the ways in which we perceive the world, often involving the use of multiple genres of writing, including poetry, fiction, biography, drama, and creative nonfiction. There is a revolutionary edge to it as Audre Lorde came out a turbulent era of 1960s New York. For more on Audre Lorde
Bio-mythographeology is a term created by Lew Blink based on Lorde”s work, to describe a process, a craft and a creative output surrounding the Biography, Mythology and History efforts of the Dumpster Archeology Project. Blending together into narrative forms, these are the representations and collective perceptions of a lost Soul found in a dumpster.
6 True tales of Trash and tragedy
A Bio-Mythographeology first, the working life of Sarah Jane. Her rise to success as told by the details left behind
Until I discovered Audre Lorde’s wonderful book Zumi, a new spelling of my name. I wrestled with context and conjecture as the storytelling side of the project dealt with the fact …I was guessing most of the time. Yet the percentage I could see was frightening. The Dumpster Artifacts revealed the hidden unknown side of Family Members, Citizens and the freshly Dead. The Project was doomed to failure with the story telling genre, as the science was also intuition and the magic was otherworldly.
Yet, Dumpster Archeology couldn’t be defined as ONE thing, and was many things. The Hyper Dimensional Rabbit holes went deep and if conjecture is a part of the Storytelling process, so be it…..creating Mythology is more fun than Science.
My name is Lew Blink and I tell Stories from the Trash. I believe that when it comes to the Biography process, one can discover a lot about a human being from the raw data left behind. Digital landscapes also contain the odd legacy a person leaves on our cultural story, and through the public forums we learn much about a lost soul. Trash is the next best thing to an actual witness. I suppose one could say the artifacts, data and collective memory when put together, has a “pattern recognition” aspect to it.
Together we find the narrative out of the context, and mix it all into a soup called Bio-mythographeology.
Trash doesn’t lie, it might tell a unique story, a mythology built from…. simple information!
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Audre Lorde wrote about civil rights, feminism, lesbianism, illness and disability, and the exploration of Black female identity. Her work is worthy of much more historical notice than it has, but central to the themes is this sense of an “authenticity of experience“. My dumpster dived Souls are real people, with real lives, and our attempts to tell their story must maintain the same level of Authentic prose.
Found in an alley way in McKinley Heights, the Kendra Collection finally gets it’s moment in the new format of Bio-Mythographeology, and it’s beautifully sad edges are able to be seen.
Often included in the overview of a person’s life from the trash, are the actual words, and language used to speak the subjective understanding of a personal Mythology. Inclusion of details is not meant to pass judgement, but drive home the notion that the Biomythographeology of an Individual …. is subjective and fluid like history itself.
Bio-Mytholographeology is birthed today in the minds of those willing to absorb the details of a lost St Louis Resident and discover the narrative mythology of a fellow citizen.
Who are we collectively?
To answer this complex opinion, we can simply experience the emotional resonance of a legacy in digital form and hope the effort is rewarding. Thank you for reading this Digital exploration and Magazine!! Lew Blink
The Titus-Essex-Dungan-Mayflower family history found in a dumpster. The last Titus died without a heir.