Defense Date

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

David Wojahn

Second Advisor

Gregory Donovan

Third Advisor

Kathleen Graber

Abstract

In this poetry collection, I explore the intersections between reality, dream, myth, and memory. It begins with “The Accident,” a narrative poem recounting the event that throws the speaker into an anxiety-filled dream-world. The speaker is haunted by the image of the deer that killed her father, an image that takes several forms and personae throughout, but occurs mostly in the fallible landscape of dream. The tones of these dreams penetrate the speaker’s waking life, and she finds herself more and more incapable of separating the dreams from reality. The speaker begins to search elsewhere for answers—divination, history, art, myth—but the landscapes are always off, always de-familiarized by dream. In the conclusion of the manuscript, the speaker loses all sense of self and becomes the symbol with which she has been so obsessed, unable to wake from the final dream.

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Date of Submission

5-5-2015

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