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Doll Songs

Publication Date


Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)


Type of Culminating Activity

Thesis - Boise State University Access Only

Degree Title

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing



Major Advisor

Martin Corless-Smith, Ph.D.


Janet Holmes, M.F.A.


Kerri Webster, M.F.A.


Dolls, guns, deer, death, Diana, flowers—objects feed the making of their mythos of their making. On and on. The poem rests, as object here too—a strange and unfinished monument to consciousness, to being, singing, seeing something other than. When hunter Actaeon sees Diana naked and bathing, the droplets from her startled splash transform him into deer—the hunter becomes the hunted. The transformation bucks the "payoff" of narrative—Actaeon's story will not have an ending. In Ovid's poems he will wander indefinitely in myth. The deer is somewhere out there, like language always outside me, the song the doll sings, without sound to sing it. The doll flirts with inanity—yet it’s a stage that creates and is created upon. Actaeon, now deer, ineffectually hunts. I am a hunter’s daughter trying to sing the dolls’ song.