Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Converging origins: Never forget what happened in the future
by Garyan, David, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2017, 67; 10260800
Abstract (Summary)

Converging Origins: Never Forget What Happened in the Future represents a body of poems that examine people’s (re)location, and how the movement from one place to another influences an individual’s identity and personality. The inspiration for this concept arose out of something that Thomas Wolfe wrote in his novel, You Can’t Go Home Again: “You can't go back home to your family, back home to your childhood ... back home to the old forms and systems of things which once seemed everlasting but which are changing all the time—back home to the escapes of Time and Memory” (602). While these poems were written over the span of three years, they nonetheless attempt to capture something from every stage of my development (as a poet and person). The inherent paradox of the title is a way to emphasize that people who journey back to their homeland, hometown, or even street they grew up on, are never actually going back, but always moving forward.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Webb, Charles Harper
Commitee: Little-Seyburn, Patricia, Mohr, William
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: English
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 56/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Creative writing
Keywords: CSULB, Cal State Long Beach, California State University, Long Beach, MFA, Master of fine arts, Poetry
Publication Number: 10260800
ISBN: 978-1-369-66847-6
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