New School (New York, N.Y.). Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program
(sponsoring body)Mark Bibbins
(thesis advisor)Codie Steensma
May 4 2015
I wanted to use my interest in sociolinguistics in this collection--how the very words we use can change our perspectives and ways of being in this world. The collection is formatted like a dictionary, set up into nouns, verbs, and adjectives. I chose words that have always fascinated me and ones I often use, and then created a poem around the word based on what it means to me, what it reminds me of, et al. In a way, the collection is my own personal dictionary and even an exhibition of my linguistic ideologies. These words inform the way I look at my own life, just as the way I look at my life is informed by the words I use.
My literature project was composed of reviews on recently published poetry collections.
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