Primitive Streak

Date of Award

Spring 2020

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

First Advisor

David Rivard

Second Advisor

Mekeel McBride

Third Advisor

David Blair


A ‘primitive streak’ is what embryologists call the stage when a developing fetus first takes shape. There appears out of clustered cells the primary axis, which will become the spine; it’s a beginning.

Thematically, these poems are concerned with beginnings—as childhood is a beginning, as is a love affair, heartbreak, death. This collection traces the journey from first childhood into those various kinds of knowledge—a daisy-chain loop that leads from arcade birthday parties to the babyhood of old age and then back to the infant state.

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