Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
First Committee Member
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"33" is a collection of poetry divided into three sections. The poems in the first section, Cycle, represent twelve "snapshots" of a year in a relationship. The names are Native American names for full moons within each of the twelve months. The initial poem in the series is a traditional invocation, this one to the god of Love The second section is less thematically grouped, however I feel that for the most part they do fit the tone and thematic intent of the work. That section is entitled Pompeii of Love after one of the poems contained therein. The final part is one complete poem, divided into 32 parts. Titled 32 Ways of Looking at Your Breasts after Wallace Stevens blackbird poem, it is a simple, extended love poem; Thematically, the poems in this collection are held together by the belief that love is, indeed, a living god and one of the few worth worshipping. But love is also a fickle god in the spirit of the ancient Greek gods. These poems are about the spaces between people and how we occasionally and fleetingly are able to close those gaps..physically, emotionally, or both. It's always worth trying, as painful as it can be at times.
Original writing; Poetry
American literature; Literature, Modern
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Brooks, Caleb, ""33"" (2006). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2218.