Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
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My creative thesis is a 48-page collection of poems titled Table of the Sun. Each poem is an intimate interrogation of varied ecological, romantic, and/or political disasters ranging from the Dakota Access Pipeline, cruel love, and Donald Trump. Some poems are reckonings, and others work to heal trauma, heartache, clinical illness, and supernatural afflictions like those experienced by the Tarantati of Puglia. Some are combative, it's true. Water is everywhere and it is multitudinous as an agent of destruction, cleansing, and transformation, and as a life-giver. The collection was influenced by readings, lectures, and courses I've experienced at UNLV, including the Spring 2015 Devotional Poetry class taught by Drs. Harp and Revell, and Professor Keelan’s Fall 2015 Political Poetry workshop. Other influences include Bhanu Kapil, Anne Carson, Rebecca Solnit, and H.D.. I was also very much influenced by place: the Mojave Desert and my travels to Southern Italy in fulfillment of the International Component of this writing program.
ecology; love; poetry; rainbow; self; water
Creative Writing | Environmental Sciences | Language Description and Documentation | Linguistics | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures
Bettis, Christine, "Table of the Sun" (2017). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 2945.
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