Master of Fine Arts
John R Bensko
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.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Coffman, Raymond Lincoln, "Hopeless Vacations from Nature" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1593.