Forty Two

Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English/Creative Writing

First Advisor

Joyce Peseroff

Second Advisor

Jill McDonough

Third Advisor

Eve Sorum


The poems in this collection are journeys of discovery. Imagination, observation, and longing come together as this author tries to find a voice of witness to the wonder of the world, its people, and her own hopes for understanding and connection. The author desires connections with audience, the world of her present--her time and her place--and the larger world inside herself and outside in the world she can perceive, and conceive of. Thus there are poems about dreams, loneliness, the courage of others, hope, despair, doubt, love, and wonder. Rumi wrote: "Listen to the dogs calling for their masters./ That longing is the connection. / There are love dogs no one knows the names of / Give your life to be one of them" (from "Love Dogs," translated by Coleman Barks). This collection is grounded in the simple, the everyday, but reaches outward.


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