Date of Award


Document Type

USM Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Martin Espada

Second Advisor

Justin Tussing, Interim Director

Third Advisor

Manuel Avalos,PhD., Dean


Stonecoast MFA, music of language, poetic voice


The Confounding of the Chameleon is composed of a wide range of experimental poems, experimental in their use of both style and content. The poems are heavily influence by the work of such poets as Li-Young Lee, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert Frost, Pablo Neruda, and many others besides. Often featuring scences from both urban and rural New England life, this collection uses many forms including the ode, sonnet, sestina, and free verse, as well as some loosely structured formalist poetry; most of the lines are heavily metrical. It explores the borders between the city and the wild, individual personalities and the social superstructures they belong to, small moments of beauty beside monumental truths, and banality glorified. The characters are drawn from all levels of society and walks of life; literary figures, construction workers, philosophers, janitors, men and women young and old, are present in these poems


This thesis is restricted to USM access only.