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Document Type

Campus Access

Degree Program

English

Degree Type

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

Year Degree Awarded

2017

Month Degree Awarded

September

Keywords

Poetry, Memory, Dialogue, Elliptical, Narrative

Abstract

At its core, “The Dialogues” is a collection of memories about my past relationships with many people. Instead of traditional plot, something closer to argumentative logic drives the poems. I like this idea of argumentation because it’s more open-ended and makes the reflective moments take on a present-tense voice about the Yankee Candle-esque fragments of the past. I sometimes think of how the poems present memory and nostalgia as a four stage process: There’s the experience as it transpires, the attentional filter that determines what gets remembered, the later nostalgia, and the act of questioning or refusing to question nostalgia’s credibility. A little four act play of Nostalgia v.s. Why Feel Nostalgic? That’s the theory about the book’s tension at least, but the question’s never directly asked and I think rarely answered, serving only as a lead into speculation about what larger effect the collection delivers as a whole. While some of the poems stand alone as reflective and nostalgic moments, others get meaning mostly by proximity.

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