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Document Type

Campus Access

Degree Program

English

Degree Type

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

Year Degree Awarded

2011

Month Degree Awarded

May

Keywords

poetry, orchards, love poetry, long poems

Abstract

ABSTRACT

In this book-length poem, The Orchard Green And Every Color, the material eye becomes lingual, forging Vision from the consequential glintings of solid light through the many-colored world. Following a notational mode that foregrounds clarity which splits apart at its limits, its language attempts to be astonished before the intelligence of images and the capacity of the mind to move in step with them, even as saying and seeing run in counterpoint to one another at varying speeds in its early sections, concluding in a series of prose poems that move on the thin ice of repeated syntax. This thesis seeks to prove that poems provide more than an example of a world-weary or language-damaged individual consciousness but function as a type of sensory organ for echolocating one’s way through the world.

First Advisor

Dara Wier

Second Advisor

James Haug

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