Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Fourth Committee Member
Margot M. Colbert
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The following collection of poems represents three years of creative work in the Masters of Fine Arts-Poetry program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Meeting at the intersection of both Jewish and Queer identities, the manuscript is united by the recurring image of a candle. Candles are lit on a wide variety of Jewish occasions, from the Sabbath to the anniversary of a family member's death. They serve as a constant reminder of God's divine presence. In Jewish tradition, candles also represent the human soul, the flame reminding us of the beauty and frailty of life. Proverbs 20:27 states, "The soul of man is the candle of God." Like candles, these poems unite the divine presence of God with the mundane aspects of life: picking apples, shaving, waiting for the train. All of these poems together present one way to light a candle, a constant searching for God's divine presence on Earth.
Gays--Identity; Jews--Identity; Light--Biblical teaching; Poetry
Fine Arts | History of Religion | Jewish Studies
Samson, Samantha, "One Way to Light a Candle" (2014). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2138.