Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Committee Member

Aliki Barnstone

Number of Pages



Although these poems stretch from Las Vegas to Mongolia---two peculiar and exotic places---and a few points in between, they remain tethered to the quotidian of life. They illustrate familiar details of the human experience such as love, learning, distance, and change. The poems of Electric Banana, Mongolian Sky aim to, as William Wordsworth states in the Preface to Lyrical Ballads: choose incidents and situations from common life, and to relate or describe them, as far as [is] possible, in a selection of language really used by men; and at the same time to throw over them a certain coloring of imagination, whereby ordinary things should be presented to the mind in an unusual way; and further and above all to make these incidents and situations interesting by tracing in them .. the primary laws of our nature; It is in this spirit that these poems were composed, even as the speaker moves between being both an outsider and insider, at home and abroad Electric Banana, Mongolian Sky captures the lyric musicality of the usual in unusual ways.


Banana; Electric; Mongolian; Original writing; Poetry; Sky

Controlled Subject

American literature; Literature, Modern

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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