First Advisor

John Beer

Date of Publication

Fall 1-9-2015

Document Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing






Imagination -- Poetry, Perception -- Poetry, Reality -- Poetry



Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 61 pages)


This thesis consists of a collection of poems which explore the relationship between the imagination and that mysterious thing we call reality. They engage with the Emmanuel Kant's notion of the dichotomy between subject and object; thus, one of the central concerns of the project is whether the object can ever be understood by a subject, whose mind imposes its categories and other forms of mediation upon whatever it perceives. The poems also engage with Wallace Stevens' notion of a "Supreme Fiction," as the only means left to us, however imperfect it may be, with which we might approach the "original idea" that all other perceptions of reality only approximate. In the absence of the certainty of an interrogated reality, negative space, that which cannot be perceived by the senses, is explored, proposed, gestured toward. That genius behind the infinity of the world.


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