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dc.contributor.advisor Susan Tichy Nagurny, Alayna
dc.creator Nagurny, Alayna 2018-05-03 2018-10-16T19:56:43Z
dc.description This thesis has been embargoed for 10 years and will not be available until May 2028 at the earliest. en_US
dc.description.abstract In this thesis manuscript, I attempt to explore the self as a container through my representations of speaker and perception in order to showcase a desire to grow and change and reveal, a desire to enact these desires, and ultimately a desire to distance from desire. Much of the work being done here exists in liminal spaces—I have drawn major influence from Keats’ concept of Negative Capability by allowing my speaker to exist within spaces of passivity and action, certainty and doubt, intimacy and distance, reality and imagination. The poems create motifs found in physical spaces as well, such as ocean, sky, walls, and body to investigate the idea of containment and self-positioning. To do this, I have worked to create portraits, dialogues, and anatomies that depict varied states of being: revealing, veiling, worrying, reflecting. The manuscript also invests in surreal imagery and world-building to resonate strangeness, drawing attention to function and inversion of function, which act to parallel the conflicted and changing nature of the speaker, trying to gain agency without completely letting go.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject poetry en_US
dc.subject imagist en_US
dc.subject reflection en_US
dc.subject self en_US
dc.subject change en_US
dc.subject desire en_US
dc.title Gradience en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing en_US Master's en_US Creative Writing en_US George Mason University en_US
dc.description.embargo 2028-05-03

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