First Advisor

John Beer

Term of Graduation

Spring 2020

Date of Publication


Document Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

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


Creative Writing



Physical Description

1 online resource (v, 117 pages)


Not Coughing, Speaking Through a Dog is a poetry collection that explores subject formation, desire, and relationality under the conditions of late capitalism. This central concern is explored through a number of interconnected topics, including translation and modes of communication; mental health; sociopolitical upheaval; history; economics; and entanglements with more-than-human worlds. Particular attention is also paid to the damaged temporalities of foreclosed futures and abstract, homogeneous time, foregrounding the desire to create temporal ruptures. The poems are formally varied, but many of them cohere through recursive language and a consistent focus on sound and wordplay.


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