Date of Award

Summer 2018

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Call Number

PS3619.U423 B66 2018

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Amanda Johnston

Second Advisor

James Patrick Kelly

Third Advisor

Justin Tussing


This collection is a volume of small, intimate moments portrayed in both poetry and prose. Rather than grand, operatic plots telling convoluted stories, this work speaks of the magic in simple things, looking in at personal (and often difficult) moments—the process of finding the beauty in ugly things, finding the crumbs of human emotion that slip through the cracks—lending them the attention they are due but often fail to receive. This collection digs up potsherds of childhood trauma, bones of old romances, and ghosts of things that will never be, all presented to the reader through the lens of fantasy. The collection is broken up into three parts, each with a major theme: The Tanglewood and the Void, pieces that draw from fairy tales, science fiction, and fantasy; The House and Hospital, pieces that focus on identity and processing trauma; and The Garden and the Rain, pieces that focus on interpersonal intimacy and transformation.