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

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poetry, grief, relationships, poems, prose



These poems seek to explore the trauma of breaking up, the falling in and out of complicated relationships, and the toll that takes on the body, physically and in terms of identity or self-understanding. The sentiment isn’t meant to be stated explicitly or outright, but instead insists itself via images, language, and the surreal. Dreams play a big part in this series, as do death and love (and the conflation of the two). By moving in and out of dream-like poems, in addition to playing with language and syntax in others, these poems seek to muddy the real and the not-real in order to represent the muddying of emotions experienced when grappling with relational trauma. These poems aren’t so much concerned with a consistent or clear narrative as they are with revealing their own hunger– and, of course, seeking to alleviate that hunger.