Title page for ETD etd-05132010-124712


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Murray, Bryan Christopher
Author's Email Address bcmurray@vt.edu
URN etd-05132010-124712
Title "full water"
Degree Master of Fine Arts
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hicok, Robert G. Committee Chair
Mann, Jeff A. Committee Member
Meitner, Erika Committee Member
Keywords
  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry
  • Free Verse
  • Poems
Date of Defense 2010-05-12
Availability restricted
Abstract
"full water" is a collection of poems examining a single consciousness, from a singular experience, that resonates to generational experiences. full water is a personal and literal landscaping: from the southern calm of Virginia to the innate heartbeat of south Bronx streets, the poems are grounded in a firm sense of place. The personal landscaping strongly connects with this literal landscaping, as this is a collection of someone’s constantly leaving, an attempt at establishing identity through the varied parcels of perspective. In the same way, this collection investigates the urban family landscape, the love still possible, despite the conventional shortcomings, the fullness of self, regardless. Through the rhythmic composition of the language, emotion flashes and restrains itself. Within the turns of language, personal truths thrive, in what they don’t outwardly say. The book learns its significance from the poems. In the chaos of this, the reader finds kernels of meaning just as the poet did in process.
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