Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English/Creative Writing

First Advisor

Lloyd Schwartz

Second Advisor

Daniel Remein

Third Advisor

Joyce Pesseroff


"Training" is a manuscript of poems that explores childhood, family immigration stories, manhood, love, and family building, all through a Jewish lens. Fear mixes with humor mixes with hope, often in the same vignette. The manuscript is broken into three parts. The first, "Jewboy," focuses on the author's childhood and experiences of learning religion, masculinity, and family. The second, "The New Tefillin," is a series of sonnets about the speaker's great grandfather and his twins boxing in early 1900's Chicago. The third, "Learning Polish," as a series of poems that explore love, culture, and the worlds we open to the people who matter.


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