Date of Award
Master of Arts
Arthur Smith, Benjamin Lee
This collection of poems attempts to capture the author's inner life through a specific perception of his own generation as energetic, ambivalent and lost. The poems, while sometimes personal and autobiographical, portray dreamlike and surreal conceptions of 21st Century 20-somethings and their landscapes: rocky deserts, expanses of water, and the vibrating city. The poems track the speaker's transitioning in and away from a hectic life of drinking and celebrating unspoken and unconventional forms of beauty. The collection concludes with a meditation on the video game Hotline Miami, which reflects the collection's interest in alchemical imagery by carrying this often disregarded art form into the high-art of poetry.
Brehm, Jonathan Joseph, "The Hungover Romance of "We". " Master's Thesis, University of Tennessee, 2014.