Title

THE DUMB WEIGHT

Year of Publication

2018

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Document Type

Master's Thesis

College

Arts and Sciences

Department

English

First Advisor

Julia Johnson

Abstract

“Poetry makes nothing happen,” W.H. Auden famously articulates in “In Memory of W.B. Yeats, “it survives / A way of happening, a mouth.” The Dumb Weight is a collection of poems that explores this tension, always trying to locate the body, how it speaks, its language. The poems take as their subject the act of making as a performance of knowingness, an assumed familiarity as that of an intimate listener, and attempts to navigate the space between utterance and its subject, it’s author and speaker, speaker and what is spoken, between poem and you—for if what John Ashbery writes in “Paradoxes and Oxymorons,” is true, “the poem is you.”

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.13023/ETD.2018.151

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