Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
Lucrative Blue, a book-length collection of original poetry, explores themes such as questioning prevailing American ideologies, birth/motherhood, and accessing/confronting the inner self. The poems are influenced by Modern and Post Modern conceptions of art and form; Gertrude Stein's concept of the continuous present and Charles Olsen's concept of projective verse are particularly important. The collection attempts to pay close attention to the world surrounding the poems' speakers; the sounds of airplanes, dogs, and the images and sounds of construction frequently appear, as they were frequently present when the poems were created; The collection is divided into three sections; the first entitled Devour, is largely political and takes a critical stance against many current American ideologies and choices. The second, entitled Empire of Song, contains poems that react to international travel to Italy and France. The third, entitled Fathomless, deals primarily with the inner self and emotional responses to the present.
Blue; Lucrative; Original writing
American literature; Literature, Modern
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Toups, Jennifer Clare, "Lucrative Blue" (2003). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1516.