Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)
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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Martin Corless-Smith, Ph.D.
Janet Holmes, M.F.A.
Kerri Webster, M.F.A.
In the last few years, I felt uncomfortably situated between a frantic postmodernity and an earnest sincerity. I think as much is apparent in my manuscript. Each poem in The Travelogues marks a journey, real or imagined; consequently, they manifest as travel or nature poems, wherein the aesthetic of shifting geographies blends with introspection and memory. This emotional content thus inscribes itself into the landscape, creating a poetic form as consistent as the roads on which they were conceived and written.
The Travelogues is a collection of poetry that seeks to escape the quotidian. In so doing, it examines the relationships between person, place, and memory. Each poem chronicles the speaker’s movement through a new and terrible landscape in search of connection. These landscapes, both real and surreal, are barren and inhospitable, void of comfort or humanity. The poems reach a crisis: they become aware of their own artifice and limitations. Ultimately, The Travelogues resigns in failure, yet still makes one last movement toward escape.
Hudson, Zeke, "The Travelogues" (2015). Boise State University Theses and Dissertations. 939.