Jason Canniff

Date of Award


Level of Access Assigned by Author

Campus-Only Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Jennifer Moxley

Second Committee Member

Steve Evans

Third Committee Member

Carla Billitteri


Error Journal is a manuscript of poetry compiled and edited over a two year period from Fall 2011 to Spring 2013. Distinct from what may be called a "book," these poems operate as an open "collection"; that is, each poem is more or less an autonomous experiment in poetic form (and content), then juxtaposed alongside other poems to create additional arrangements of meaning. Overall, the collection hinges on (and tries to depart from) a strong influence from the poet Robert Creeley. Formally, then, the poems circulate in a tension between imitation and innovation. Through a mixture of individual, serial, and sequence poems, Error Journal searches for and errors into new configurations of form, community, identity, and influence.