Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

First Committee Member

Claudia Keelan

Number of Pages



The stilled moment of a photograph is a type of promise---which we believe because we see---that time cannot be stopped. In this series of poems, I have tried to confront a stilled moment, discarded object, or fragment of a past, and I have found this confrontation readily sparked in an ekphrasis of photography. Etymologically, "ekphrasis" means to call out (or describe) an object, traditionally an art object. However, ekphrasis as a literary genre has attracted much critical interest, complicating the term's definition. I employ an ekphrasis of dialogue, hoping to reach beyond both the poem and ekphrastic object. Given this ambition, the poems examine the loss of scenic America; the impact of popular culture and the media on fine art; and the concept of a lost original over years of standardization. I have tried to express these and other themes less as a critic and more as a passenger in a car, gazing out the window at all that I see.


America; Original writing; Poems; Poetry; Scenic; Test

Controlled Subject

American literature

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1.52 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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