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Title

Luminance

Date Permissions Signed

5-9-2017

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type

Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Miller, Brenda, 1959-

Second Advisor

Magee, Kelly, 1976-

Third Advisor

Warburton, Theresa

Abstract

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.

Type

Text

Publisher

Western Washington University

OCLC Number

987569656

Digital Format

application/pdf

Genre/Form

Academic theses; Experimental poetry; Creative nonfiction

Language

English

Language Code

eng

Rights

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.

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