Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Julie Carr

Second Advisor

Ruth Ellen Kocher

Third Advisor

Martin Bickamn

Abstract

In a world where verbal communication is being usurped by text-based conversation, all of you are here seeks to explore how this way of communicating, and performing, the self shapes and challenges an identity—specifically, how a self is comprised of multiple "yous" and “wes” and how these pronouns compete, consolidate, and perform with and against each other in an arena where the only tool is written language. The speaker remains in a constant state of fear that these selves will be stolen from her. The self in these poems becomes chaotic, confused, angry, absurd, and oftentimes self-deprecating or vulnerable, resulting in chorus of the self, orchestrated and composed by the self.

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