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Title

Traverse

Publication Date

5-2018

Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)

2-21-2018

Type of Culminating Activity

Thesis - Boise State University Access Only

Degree Title

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Department

Theatre Arts

Major Advisor

Martin Corless-Smith, Ph.D.

Advisor

Janet Holmes, M.F.A.

Advisor

Kerri Webster, M.F.A.

Abstract

Traverse is a collection of poems utilizing the elegy, lyric, and ecopoetics to examine the relationship of event and process. Navigating memories in both cityscape and the pastoral, Traverse works a 9 to 5, and explores the backcountry in order to make meaning of two deaths in the same year. The speaker in this book is suspended between a departure and arrival, criticizing the validity of poetry and their own body to represent grief. If poetry seeks to say what cannot be said, the speaker in Traverse is not convinced of the accuracy to their dialectical approach for investigating inevitability; although, this meta-awareness of genre and self-loathing continues to inform the content of its validity, perpetuating the investigation, the journey.

DOI

10.18122/td/1374/boisestate

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