Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Noah E. Gordon

Second Advisor

Ruth Ellen Kocher

Third Advisor

Martin Bickman


This collection examines a self in crisis. The poems inspect what it means to be a subjectivity in constant opposition to and the product of cultural forces--it is an "I" always set against the relief of another, of a "you." The work is meant to serve as a dialogue, and its voice enacts its own anxieties through constant searching for an adequate frame, whether that frame is domestic, commercial, or artistic. In the search to overcome a sense of social and cultural dislocation, the speaker must become a lens through which all culture passes. The text treats commerce, film, music, and other literature as material from which a more stable subjectivity is formed.

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