Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English/Creative Writing

First Advisor

Jill McDonough

Second Advisor

Joyce Peseroff

Third Advisor

Fanny Howe


This collection of poetry focuses on questions borne from the experience of the interior consciousness and its relationship to the exterior world. It explores the landscapes of memory both conscious and unconscious; the physical and emotional space between people; and how the mind deals with change and stagnancy, evolution and regression. Themes of familial illness, parental relationships with children, aging, betrayal, love, and war are woven throughout the three sections, which also include elements of ekphrasis and mythology. This text is in many ways an elegy for innocence, for the loss of people both living and dead, and it is also an acknowledgement and celebration for the determined retention of self.


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