Title

Bloodroot

Date of Award

Winter 2014

Project Type

Thesis

Program or Major

Writing

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

First Advisor

Charles Simic

Second Advisor

Mekeel McBride

Third Advisor

David Blair

Abstract

The poems in Bloodroot incorporate elements of memory and fiction to address themes of pretense and artifice: the staging of memory, personae as costume, childhood as performance, and the ways in which the witness choreographs her own experience. Trying on an array of personae to emphasize a constant unsettling of identity, the poems also employ temporal dialectics to create a sense of liminality and betweenness as the speaker is projected into the historical space and the historical subject is pulled into the present.

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