Award Date

2009

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Department

English

Advisor 1

Claudia Keelan, Committee Chair

First Committee Member

Nicholas Lolordo

Second Committee Member

Donald Revell

Graduate Faculty Representative

Elspeth Whitney

Number of Pages

88

Abstract

From Feminism means to emphasize a world-view rather than an a-priori eye towards women; the manuscript does occasionally strike a generic feminist-didactic mode, but for the most part its concerns are with humanity/ecology and gender goes un-marked or people are altogether absent. The world is various, and in terms of form, the poems in this book are rangy: sonnets, prose poems, serial fragments, free verse tercets, measured and rhymed tercets, couplets, over-the-top monuments to generation by rhyme. Unconventional use of white-space occurs fairly frequently. My thought is that having breaks in articulation in two places, not just the end of lines, may create potential for more sense, for a more various way to breathe. Many of these breath-oriented poems do end-up having a visual component, and I'm interested in the way prosodies geared towards the eye needn't be seen as adversarial to ones oriented around the ear and utterance, either song or speech or a medley.

Keywords

Feminism; Original writing; Poetry

Disciplines

American Literature

Language

English


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