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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.


This thesis is a collection of poems that inspects ties between the pressure of inheritance and the worth of the self. Most poems within the collection are place-based, residing mostly within a suicide forest based on Aokigahara in Japan and within the author’s memories of home. the emphasis on place, along with the breakdown of language and the structural variants of the poems asks the reader to question their own preexisting semantics and doctrines. The main goal of this piece is to examine and call to question formal tradition and materialism.