Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
First Committee Member
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A collection of poems composed between the summer of 1999 and 2003. They are in the tradition of "negative ecstasy," a philosophy that the poet is nothing more than a void: in order to create, the poet requires a willing release of the ego and self, which in turn allows the poet's void to be filled with the verse. It is similar to what the Buddhists call "no mind," a method used so that works, ideas and even lives that once appeared as imperfect or failures were, by their very nature, simply unfinished acts; The process was comparable to what Keats described as "being in uncertainties..without any irritable reaching after fact and reaSon" It was this viewpoint, inquiring into the metaphysics of "failure," that brought forth the ability to contemplate the two key themes of this manuscript: "La morte et Eros"---desire and death and their contrasting forces.
Arrival; Myth; Original writing; Poetry
American literature; Literature, Modern
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Chartkoff, Zachary Jean, "The myth of arrival" (2004). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1765.