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Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFAW)
College of Arts and Sciences
American Hello is a collection of poems concerned with the movement between collectivism and individualism, specifically recounting the differences between living in the cities of Rishon LeZion, Israel and San Francisco, California. While the communally oriented culture of Israel brings contentment and joy to the poet, the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, scuffles with religious family members, and the country’s conservative attitude restrict her personal freedom. And while living in San Francisco allows for the personal liberty, feminism, and sexual openness not easily accessible in Israel, it often feels tech-obsessed, disconnected, and lonely. Weaved throughout the poet’s perception of both cultures – this trade-off between community and personal freedom – is the dominion of the birds: those creatures that mirror humans in their migration between continents, flight from place to place, both in community and alone, in search of home.
Schneider-Smith, Kayla E., "American Hello" (2021). Master's Theses. 1396.
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