Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
First Committee Member
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My creative thesis, a diagram of the whole new world, is a book of poems that explores and discovers what it means to write in a native tongue and also what it means to lose nativity all together. Travel is a treated theme, literally, as most of the poems were written across the world, as well as metaphysically, in the sense of making and erasing new boundaries of perception; Each poem aims to exhibit its own form as it itself is made. So, I have not written them in the shadow of any particular formal constraint(s). Rather, I have borrowed freely form various poets, poetics and traditions, literary and otherwise. That is to say, I have composed the poems of a diagram of the whole new world with the intention that they be an organic method of thought, exploration and language.
Diagram; Original writing; Poetry; Whole; World
American literature; Literature, Modern
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Mammen, Caleb D, "a diagram of the whole new world" (2007). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2248.