Title

Brother

Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Julie Carr

Second Advisor

Noah Eli Gordon

Third Advisor

Lori Emerson

Abstract

This poem is an exploration of my relationship with my brother Derek, who at a very young age was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder - a combination of schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. Essentially he has auditory hallucinations and a delusional understanding of his environment accompanied by manic behavior. He is obsessed with religion, often seeing himself as a Christ-like figure. Good and evil exist very tangibly in his world. Popular culture and the bible merge to create a complex, layered reality that is quite different from the one most of us experience.

Brother is a poetic exploration of mental illness, creativity and family.

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