Date of Graduation

Winter 12-12-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFAW)

College/School

College of Arts and Sciences

Department/Program

Creative Writing

First Advisor

CJ Evans

Second Advisor

Dean Rader

Abstract

Exhibition, Featuring is a collection of poems inspired by art, life, and history intertwined with the very center of humanness, convergence of heart and brain. The poems assembled here attempt to recreate the sensation of memory and remembering, and at times, trying to forget. Concerned with language and the ways in which we communicate with others, the lines weave in and out of conversation, evoking daily interac­tions and thoughts carried within us, continuous as breathing. The collection is divided into five parts, each establishing a variance of the whole—all parts a harmony. The reader will discover formal poetry, poems evoking the senses, and even dialogue broken and pieced into verse. Imagination lies at the forefront of this collection with poems riding the edge of reality, flirting with the absurd. The poems use imagery to explore the unknown and unthinkable. In each stanza, lyrical language mediates reality and invention. The poems are interested in discovering place, time, and history, and understanding how every factor contributes to making a person a self. Within this exploration is also the question: how does family make us who we are and in what ways do the people who influence us continue to do so from a distance? Exhibition, Featuring circles around harrowing global issues, and also emphasizes the significant smallness of beauty through words.

Available for download on Friday, August 11, 2017

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