Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
First Committee Member
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Fallow follows both line & circle---i.e., the generational evolution (cultural, political, personal) of family farms in the Amurrikan Midwest; & the mandalic forces beneath, above & within. The steady decline & demise of the family farm faced w/corporate feudalism, signals not only the degradation of a lifestyle, but also the final nullification of Jefferson's yeoman farmer, upon (& for) whom this country is supposedly founded; Of course, the depredation of a mere human culture pales vs. the ecological transgressions of modernization: tillage, petrochemicals, ever-bigger machines. Few landscapes outside the Heartland have been so thoroughly stripped of indigenous life, & now, fecundity. Land & labor are expendable from boardrooms where "fields of green" becomes the Amurrikan idiom: sow seed fencerow to fencerow; prosper in this way; Out goes the floor (as social buttress & metaphor) :: so go prices world over; Land values soaring & cashgrain prices in decline :: ready the next downswing!;So from this where-we-are; we goes.
Fallow; Amurrikan Midwest; Heartland
American literature; Agriculture
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Lietz, Chad Michael, "Fallow" (2005). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1818.