Award Date

5-1-2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Committee Member

Claudia Keelan

Second Committee Member

Donald Revell

Third Committee Member

Anne Stevens

Fourth Committee Member

Giuseppe Natale

Number of Pages

53

Abstract

My creative thesis is a 48-page collection of poems titled Table of the Sun. Each poem is an intimate interrogation of varied ecological, romantic, and/or political disasters ranging from the Dakota Access Pipeline, cruel love, and Donald Trump. Some poems are reckonings, and others work to heal trauma, heartache, clinical illness, and supernatural afflictions like those experienced by the Tarantati of Puglia. Some are combative, it's true. Water is everywhere and it is multitudinous as an agent of destruction, cleansing, and transformation, and as a life-giver. The collection was influenced by readings, lectures, and courses I've experienced at UNLV, including the Spring 2015 Devotional Poetry class taught by Drs. Harp and Revell, and Professor Keelan’s Fall 2015 Political Poetry workshop. Other influences include Bhanu Kapil, Anne Carson, Rebecca Solnit, and H.D.. I was also very much influenced by place: the Mojave Desert and my travels to Southern Italy in fulfillment of the International Component of this writing program.

Keywords

ecology; love; poetry; rainbow; self; water

Disciplines

Creative Writing | Environmental Sciences | Language Description and Documentation | Linguistics | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures

Language

English

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