Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Ruth E. Kocher

Second Advisor

Noah E. Gordon

Third Advisor

Adam Bradley


This collection of poems is meant to serve as an example of the temporal and cultural contexts that surround it. The sections contain a single gust of focus in order to reflect the way attention is given to a piece of art, as opposed to a wide focus spread across a book-length or career-length project. The use of "I" and "you" force engagement with the poems, as the "you" slips around in avoidance of identity. Both identity and a shortened attention span are born from the culture surrounding the poems, but voice and formal elements are meant to tie the sections together and give the book identity regardless of its cultural context.