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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

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Poetry, Lyric



The aim of these poems is to evidence that the self neither contains nor is contained, that the self is persistently, turbulently multiple, that the self is not prior to but constituted by its entanglements, that the self is constantly made and unmade in a common, general incompleteness of process. These poems are ‘about’ entanglements. And entanglement, as Fred Moten and Karen Barad might say, is not the joining or fusing of separate, individual entities but the refusal of separateness, of individuation. The person who writes the poetry, the individual, can and does emerge, all the time, into the world and life, but this emergence does not happen once and for all. The individual person is continuously made and unmade through each intra-action, including the very one through which they came into existence, and, undergoing such constant differentiation, ‘the person now’ and ‘the person then’, the person ‘here’ and the person ‘there,’ the person who writes the poetry and the larger personhood they find and are found by in the writing of poetry, are impossible to separate. The poem evidences this entanglement, and in so doing enacts a spectrum of possibility that precedes and evades its regulation into separate categories.

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