Portland State University. Department of English
Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing
1 online resource (iv, 73 pages)
Aesthetics -- Poetry
In content, concept, and form, my collection of poems is composed of a number of thematic obsessions. These are: music, sound, and hearing; recording and surveillance; play and participation as described by Hans-Georg Gadamer in Truth & Method; the angel of history as described by Walter Benjamin; situation, inheritance, influence; aggression, antagonism, manipulation, control; fixity and mutability; eros, desire, and sex; conversation, the dialectic relationship of wholes and parts. You might see that all of these themes relate, that they each appear as one another. WAX speaks and performs all of these themes from that point where self and other--and where identity and universality--collapse; that single point of fear, violence, loss, union, obliteration, feeling, responsibility; that single point of possibility where we might discover a revised I, a new answer for "how to write we."
Nelson, Jac Jeanette, "Wax" (2016). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3015.