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Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Miller, Brenda, 1959-
Magee, Kelly, 1976-
Luminance is a collection of hybrid poetry and essays that pushes against the boundaries of genre to explore meaning made in the interstices, or the space between. Drawing from logical and lyrical ways of knowing, the pieces in this collection display openness of form through fragmentation, collage, association, and resonance while maintaining precision and specificity in imagery and language. Isolated images and modes of image making play a central role in this work, informed by memory and personal experience. However, a shifting, non-specific point of view acts as a refusal of static identity. Light, photography, natural history, scientific collection and preservation, motherhood, the drive to make art, and oceanic and astronomic themes recur organically throughout poetry and prose set a sea of white space, punctuated by scientific illustration. The white space allows an entry to make the space between—the silence and the breath between words—not emptiness but potential.
Western Washington University
Academic theses; Experimental poetry; Creative nonfiction
Copying of this thesis in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this thesis for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author' written permission.
Spiegel, Megan, "Luminance" (2017). WWU Masters Thesis Collection. 564.