Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
This manuscript of original poems, entitled "The Mind Creates What It Needs," explores themes of home, grief, and mental health primarily through sonic play and metaphor. With fairly rigid formalism and general restraint from self-divulging, this work nevertheless examines where, how, and with whom we build community; how to process loss in the face of death and dying; as well as the healthy (and unhealthy) avenues for maintaining one's mental health in the face of difficult considerations such as these. Crucial to the collection is the interweaving of these varied themes over the course of the work; the ebbs and flows of the thematic considerations of the work are implemented through alliteration, assonance, consonance, and rhyme, as well as some logical leaps that mimic the twisted, tangled internal workings of the mind
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Hawk, Matthew Corey, "The Mind Creates What It Needs" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2358.