Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English/Creative Writing

First Advisor

Lillian-Yvonne Bertram

Second Advisor

Jill McDonough

Third Advisor

Lloyd Schwartz


These poems explore the multidimensionality of mania, from historical treatments to personal experience. They exhibit the associative thinking and logical leaps common to mania, as well as the manic propensity for rhyme. The speakers of these poems, though multiply imprisoned—within the self, within the institution, within the expectations of others—find their focus in the urgency of lived experience, traumatic, dramatic, or daily. A number of aleatory methods—including collage, cut-up, erasure, and programmable poetry generators—were used in the creative process, the aim being not just novel language, but a new mode of expressing the erratic and sometimes diverging, sometimes converging, landscapes of mind and world experienced in mania.


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