Date of Award


Call Number

PS3612.O8337 M6 2015

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Debra Marquart

Second Advisor

Justin Tussing, Interim Director

Third Advisor

Dr. Manuel Avalos, Dean


Stonecoast MFA, free-verse and fairly narrative, transitory spaces of existence


This collection of poems is comprised of many recollected experiences that are personally revealing about me, both as poet and person. I often explore the dynamics of domesticity between queer men and detail the dissolution of coming together with another. Laughter as a means of subverting or avoiding trauma is a theme that runs throughout my thesis. It is intended to be read like one might view a mosaic. The narrative threads tie together by its end to tell a story that speaks to a sense of abjection and otherness many of us carry. To temper the intensity of the personal pieces , there are poems that focus more simply on place, on the physical world around us and its function in human growth.

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