First Advisor

John Beer

Date of Publication

Spring 7-13-2017

Document Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

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




False memory syndrome -- Nevada -- Las Vegas -- Poetry, Place attachment -- Nevada -- Las Vegas -- Poetry, Deserts -- Poetry



Physical Description

1 online resource (vii, 76 pages)


This collection of work contains poems that are attempting to reach a sense of understanding about the past in regard to place, landscape, architecture, and memory in relation to the self--the speaker, the self-imposed I. The perception of memory, and in particular the prevalence of false memories surrounding place and person are of major concern in this collection, along with the historical and personal narratives moving out of a voice rooted in the Mojave Desert, and in particular, Las Vegas, Nevada. These poems are working through the speaker’s complicated relationship with the desert, and the erosion of place, of home. These poems are an effort to recognize what it means to learn from the desert, to learn from Las Vegas.


This thesis is only available to students, faculty and staff at PSU.

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