Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

4884

Date

2017

Date of Award

4-14-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Committee Chair

John R Bensko

Committee Member

Cary Holladay

Committee Member

Jeffrey Scraba

Abstract

This collection of poems explores themes of dislocation and conversion, blurring distinctions between autobiographical and fictional experiences. The poems are intended to lurch forward and backward in a way that evokes a sense of chronology and memory, so that the text leaps in place or time without the narrative thread being broken or digressive. The thread’s envisioned aim is to progress and evolve from the personal or lyrical to the other-centered and back. Various landscapes, inner and geographical, play a central role in the circuitous movement and rhythm of the collection. Transformation is at the heart of each poem, and somewhat in between them. In many, the service of personae is used to invoke a sense of fluidity, range, or multiplicity. The exquisite and terrifying unmanageability of nature is a central emphasis.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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