Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Noah E. Gordon
Ruth Ellen Kocher
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.
Sobol, Adrian, "Until I Pay My Bill" (2015). English Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 91.