First Advisor

Michele Glazer

Date of Publication

Spring 7-8-2016

Document Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

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







Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 60 pages)


In this collection of work there is a discernible connection to the act of correspondence--both in the sense of a literal examination of the letters of Emily Dickinson to T.W. Higginson, but also in the metaphorical sense of a correspondence between time and place, form and content. Much of this examination is arrived at through erasure, although a good deal of its unfolding is happened upon through an exploration of the sonnet form. Latent in my engagement with both of these forms are questions about the materiality of language as it encounters the subjectivity of memory; they both strive to balance an interior perception of memory that is not anterior to the truth of its experience, or to quote Wallace Stevens, "[to] speak by sight and insight as they are," to the end of locating "the words of the world that are the life of the world."


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