Date of Award
Campus Access Thesis
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Everything is a collection of poetry in progress. It consists of forty-three poems, with topics varying from self-conception to video games to critiques of consumerism to failed romances to metacognition. This collection is not beholden to any specific theme, form, approach, or subject matter. The linking factor that binds it together is the employment of a specific poetic voice, a voice at once both bitingly ironic and innocently sincere, humorous yet serious, self-indulgent yet self-aware, exaggerated and imaginative yet grounded in the world of direct personal experience. These poems flirt with hedonism, surreality, maximalism, and pure punchline comedy, but always motion towards broader political ideas. Taken in its totality, Everything is a thesis on interrogating our reality through the lens of humor and imagination, and all the fruitful fragments of thought that can be learned or invented through that interrogation.
Smith, August, "Everything" (2017). Graduate Masters Theses. 439.