Date of Award
USM Access Thesis
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Birdman and Other Essays and Stories is a collection of lyric, memoir and personal essays along with short autobiographical fiction that centers around themes of losing a great love, an exploration of suicide, having supernatural or cosmic energy voices and a meditation on the Buddhist principle of wholesome behavior. One essay compares the author, through film critique, to the late President Nixon, following a break up with the central character of the thesis who is the Birdman. Several essays are told in fragmented form, like the braided essay, and several in a more traditional narrative form. The short autobiographical fiction represents two different episodes of the author’s life: from being an actress in Chicago and working in a racially stratified pizza restaurant, to wrestling with a boyfriend with a mental disorder. The recurrent characters are most often ex-lovers and boyfriends, like Kent, CJ, Freddie and especially Tronzo. There are also short essays about almost drowning and learning to swim as a child and about a trash transformation artist in New York City. Each essay and story stands on its own but they are connected by character and circumstance to form a matrix of meaning.
Galluccio, Lo, "Birdman and Other Essays and Stories" (2019). Stonecoast MFA. 99.