Date of Award
Campus Access Thesis
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Hands Pull You Apart is a book poetry of in progress arranged in a triptych. The central section of the work, Palmyra, is the result of a research project into the ancient history of Palmyra, Syria, the history of Western archaeology in the region, and current events. These poems explore the treatment of Palmyra, Syria by ISIS and Western culture in the form epic couplets—examining the role of imperialism and cultural appropriation in memory and tradition. While the Palmyra poems speak on an international scale, the poems in the surrounding sections investigate similar themes on an intimate level. These poems attempt to unravel the speakers position from both the margins (Jewish, Queer, Woman) and the center of power (White, North American) in a global arena.
Jaeger, Emily, "Hands Pull You Apart" (2017). Graduate Masters Theses. 429.