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Poetry, ars poetica, extinction, fossil, creative writing, autobiographical poetry, chapbook
About the Dark Times is a chapbook of seventeen poems documenting the author's experience of the Covid-19 pandemic, specifically the Omicron wave which affected the Pacific Northwest from January 2022 to February 2022. Themes include the impact of isolation on the author's self-identity, academic success, and mental health. The chapbook is separated into three sections: 'Poetry for the Miocene,' 'Poetry for the Late Cretaceous,' and 'Poetry for the Permian.' Fossilized animals and periods of mass extinction throughout the earth's history are used in metaphor and comparison to the author's personal experience. The poems each include elements of ars poetica and use poetic techniques including repetition, alliteration, assonance, consonance, slant rhyme, enjambment, and rhythm. Over the course of the poems, the reader is introduced to the author's narrative meaning-making journey through and emerging out of the 'dark time' of the Omicron wave, and is encouraged to ask their own questions about their identity, their personal hardships, and their relationship to the natural world.
Waggoner, Nadine, "About the Dark Times: Poetry for the Miocene" (2022). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 564.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
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