Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2016

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Noah Eli Gordon

Second Advisor

Martin Bickman

Third Advisor

Jay Ellis

Fourth Advisor

Sue Zemka


This is a body of poems written under the transition into and out of a taxing and tumultuous writer’s block. It’s the discovery of how anger, isolation, depression, exhaustion, anxiety or feeling insignificant simply boils down to confusion and how that confusion is the root cause of a block. To attain clarity is to feel weightless, unbound and free. The fueling process of the work was the observation of a mind closing in that confusion and then unfolding through clarity, as a Nyctinastic flower closes to the approach of darkness and reopens to sunlight.

The collection is built by the fervent, often derailing but nonetheless authentic performance of thoughts as they arrange and unhinge simultaneously before the reader in the encompassing exertion to explore and thereby achieve clarity.