THE DUMB WEIGHT
Year of Publication
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Arts and Sciences
“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)
Weiner, Sophie, "THE DUMB WEIGHT" (2018). Theses and Dissertations--English. 67.