Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Rattle like shaman: The mind builds prison bars
by Falk, Devin J., M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 79; 10124514
Abstract (Summary)

This collection of poems explores the emergence of raw reality through a veil of existential questioning. The poems posit existential questions as logical alienation from material reality, and to brave mundane interactions, without a blanket of ideals, sharpens the edges of social interactions. The scope of these poems’ exploration resides in discovering a balance between illusory ideals and the sharp edges of reality.

Each piece’s perspective focuses closely on raw events, but balances the potential violence of existence with poetics. The images avoid mediation of behavior by common courtesy. Instead they reimagine stark reality as beautiful in the way the improbable is beautiful.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Mohr, William
Commitee: Mohr, William, Scenters-Zapico, John, Seyburn-Little, Patricia
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: English
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Literature
Keywords: Csulb, Ego, Existential, Falk, Poetry, Shaman
Publication Number: 10124514
ISBN: 978-1-339-82620-2
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