Portland State University. Department of English
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing
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Poetry, like memory, allows us to explore bounties and borders. Our gardens hang in mid-bloom; they yield; they go fallow. The borders we know shift over time: they become permeable, take new scale, and invite us to explore in-between spaces. These poems make use of available day and night in order to perpetuate and produce. They are at times wild, as if growing in volunteer fashion. A scattering of seeds here, a strange berry there. They are familiar, and happily slide into nostalgia. Like a lemon balm start you bring home from a farm stand, they soon occupy the yard's empty patches, but are not afraid of emptiness. Even those rooted in forms of loss and leaving seek new ways to pass the time. Our paths make strange delights. Each one brings us to new space to fill.
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Jarecki, David, "Everyone Has a Garden" (2020). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5527.