Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
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"Flesh, A Naked Dress" is a collection of five poems: "Joy of the Perfect Tool," "Texas," "Estuary," "Flesh, A Naked Dress," and "An Event in the World." The form of the serial poem, adopted for this collection, is the one described by poet Jack Spicer. It is larger scaffolding for the poetry, which comes out of a meditative discipline or 'dictation.' The poem moves ahead, without looking back, in units that are somehow related, and which are chronological. The serial poem is written in order to understand: it is not understanding in order to write. To read units of the serial poem is like turning on lights in the rooms of a house, one at a time. Language in the poem acts as furniture for the rooms; "Flesh, A Naked Dress" investigates notions of body and soul, and in particular philosophical heritage of the philosophy of Plotinus. This investigation takes place in various geographies.
Dress; Flesh; Naked; Original writing; Poetry
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Andrews Grace, Susan Mary, "Flesh, A Naked Dress" (2000). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1246.