Portland State University. Department of English
Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing
1 online resource (iv, 61 pages)
Imagination -- Poetry, Perception -- Poetry, Reality -- Poetry
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.
Kroska, Aaron, "In Some Asbestos World" (2015). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 2131.