Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Call Number

PS3601.R7248 C74 2016

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Jeanne Marie Beaumont


Crisis Across the Dog-Starred Verse: Tales of Heroism, Horror, and Apocalypse is a collection of formal and free-verse poems. Although a few pieces are confessional in nature, many of the poems borrow from the genres of speculative fiction: horror and science fiction specifically. The thesis is not divided into sections, rather it alternates visions of a confessional real world and fantasy space. Many poems cover the death of my dog and our adventures in the multiverse, while others like “Together We Are Monsters” are meditations on monsters and pornography. Two longer pieces, however, “Campus of the 21st Century,” and “The Yellow House” push away from the contemporary short form model and towards long, narrative poetry in the mode of short stories.