Title

Doll Songs

Publication Date

5-2016

Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)

3-7-2016

Type of Culminating Activity

Thesis - Boise State University Access Only

Degree Title

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Department

English

Major Advisor

Martin Corless-Smith, Ph.D.

Advisor

Janet Holmes, M.F.A.

Advisor

Kerri Webster, M.F.A.

Abstract

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.

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