Date of Award
Level of Access
Master of Arts (MA)
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
The following manuscript is a creative writing thesis in poetry. The goal of the thesis was to expand my abilities as a poet and find a cohesion in my work. I wanted to utilize some skills gain in a fiction workshop and apply them to poetry, as well as gain influences in various fields of expertise through the other courses I’ve been taking in the English department. Essays for a poetics class, novels for an American literature class, and short stories for a fiction workshop gave me a base from which to work from and draw inspiration. Not only was required for class readings influential, but everyday writing such as social media, lyrics, and blogs became a source of inspiration.
By working with a small, informal poetry group in the previous semester and gaining feedback from peers in the fiction workshop, I reworked my pieces to have a sense of urgency, immediacy, and relevance. Though much of it focuses on my own experiences, people who read it seemed to find themselves relating to the work and thus wanted a way to connect even further with it, so through revision, I made the pieces as universal as possible, despite the heavy presences of the first person “I”.
The critical reflection works to provide some context for the composition decisions I made. I explain how I gained inspiration and from where; the context in which I wrote some of the pieces; formatting and diction choices; and citations of some of the accompanying works.
The thesis became a way for me to express my personal experiences and interests. It is an exploration of anxiety, every day observation, relationships, and heartbreak.
Hathaway, Tessa, "Choking Hazards" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2858.