Award Date

12-2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Department

English

First Committee Member

Claudia Keelan

Second Committee Member

Donald Revell

Third Committee Member

Mustapha Marrouchi

Graduate Faculty Representative

Guiseppe Natale

Number of Pages

95

Abstract

The Watchmaker Series celebrates and inquires into time as a biproduct of consciousness and practices the application of this notion in poetry. The series begins with the numeral poems, all of which relate directly to the theoretical and polemical aspects. Along the way, other poems with individual titles are interspersed to reflect or redirect the abstract considerations to more concrete subjects. Gradually, as the series progresses, the interacting and recurring associations meld theory and practice into a compositional whole.

The central notion that contemporary poetry is not a machine made of words but rather, like the watch that gives itself as evidence of the existence of a watchmaker, each poem is a watchmaker presents the poet as a watchmaker who makes watchmakers instead of watches, having dispensed with the utility of language in favor of its creative impulse.

Keywords

Contemporary art; Epistemology; Language; literature and linguistics; Materialism; Ontology; Original writing; Poetry

Disciplines

Creative Writing | Literature in English, North America | Poetry

Language

English


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