EXPOSED by Kimberly Marcus
I CAN’T DO WHAT I WON’T DO IF IT ISN’T TRUE…OR IS IT?
Out of focus. Blurred.
Where did the truth go? What do
I do now? And how?
YA (grades 7 and up)
First person POV
Main character – 16 year old Lizzie
Poems — free verse – variety of size, length, shape, design
Strong visual images
Short dialogue clips
Single character viewpoint consistent throughout the poems
Emotionally impactful story.
What is Lizzie dying for want of? To understand herself, to discover who she is and what she wants.
Long poems to begin, moving into variety of length, style, shape
Physical form of poems drive plot and dictate pace
Themes – rape, family, trust, belief, truth, lies, subterfuge
Photography — main character uses images to communicate
Symbolism – photography as way to SHOW emotion
Pictures = visuals of emotion, personality, truth, secrets
Blurred truth and lies paralleled in darkroom half images
Best friend, brother, triangle, rape
Pain, pain, pain
Free verse might be the only form for these powerful raw emotions
Photography parallels – confident beginning, blurring into confusion of middle (darkroom developing), new camera (paralleling new level of friendship?) at story end sharpen images and clears up blurred confusion