Date of Award

5-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

English

Major Professor

Marilyn Kallet

Committee Members

Arthur Smith, Benjamin Lee

Abstract

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.

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