First Advisor

Paul Collins

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 (iii, 127 pages)


This collection is not just an examination of established behavioral patterns and lived experiences on behalf of the narrator that contribute to a negative affect and outlook on life, but also a push forward. It is an experiment in altering perceptions and circumstances--a subtly optimistic search for something better than tolerable. It is an acknowledgement that even though we are not responsible for all the bad things that happen to us, recognizing the control we do have is important and empowering. The collection uses experimental essay forms and dives into cross-genre practice, from nonfiction to poetry to visual art, in order to look at challenging personal history and inquire about unhelpful paradigms.


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