Title

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Award Date

12-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Department

English

First Committee Member

Claudia Keelan, Chair

Second Committee Member

Anne Stevens

Third Committee Member

Donald Revell

Graduate Faculty Representative

David Holland

Number of Pages

70

Abstract

These poems attempt to stand amidst the towering shadows of Enlightenment. One of these pillars involves the newfound land from a collective western European vantage and these lands are called the Americas. This space is where these poems are located. They suckle at the monolithic breasts of Enlightened Romance as did Romulus and Remus to the She-Wolf. The poems in their own originality engage with writers such as Jonathan Edwards, Alice Notley, Susan Howe, Frank O’Hara, William Carlos Williams, Walt Whitman, Christina Rossetti, William Blake, and John Cage. If there ever was such a thread in tradition, these people might be some hairs of it. They too engage poets such as Chrisian Bök, Kenneth Goldsmith, and Craig Dworkin, Donald Revell, and Claudia Keelen to name a few; that is to say, notions of chance operations and uncreative processes are embraced and tripped.

Keywords

American poetry

Disciplines

American Literature | Esthetics | History | Literature in English, North America | Modern Literature

Language

English