Year of Publication
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Arts and Sciences
Dr. Julia Johnson
Anthology of a Mess is a collection of poems by Yusuf Akman, written at the University of Kentucky. Poems in this thesis deal examine the journey of a poet in three chapters. The first chapter examines myth-making, ekphrasis, and language. While the second one is a genre-defying work in which the modes of mockumentary, lyric essay, and fairy tale co-exist. Last but not least, the final chapter contains autobiographical poems, starting in Turkey and continuing in Kentucky. These poems explore eco-homo eroticism, roadkill, religion, and what it is like to be a queer Turk in Kentucky/the South. Throughout these sections, one can also examine how writing in a second language engenders many possibilities in the English language, how poetry can push the boundaries in terms of genre, and in fact, how it is a constructed term just like everything else.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Akman, Yusuf, "Anthology of a Mess" (2023). Theses and Dissertations--English. 155.
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