God—Out Of The Mouth is a creative writing thesis that comprises a methodological paper and a collection of poetry. Written to fulfill a part of the requirements in the MFA program in English at California State University, Long Beach, from 2017 to 2019, this thesis includes an essay about poetry and poetics, which informs the writing in the appendix. The collection of poems explores various themes through a speaker who oscillates between pessimistic realism and faith, and who lives in that tension—the poems considers these paradoxical questions: can someone have faith and doubt simultaneously? How does someone still believe in God despite losing preconceived notions of God? As someone who grew up in the Protestant church, my psyche is very much haunted by all of what I was raised to believe. Now, as someone who is mostly agnostic but still considers faith to be deeply significant, I have found, in poetry, a way to work through what I once believed about the world and myself, and to consider what faith means to me now. My hope is that the meditations and gestures of these poems will be a source of light and comfort to those who can relate to what it means to question, doubt, and resent the very thing you want to believe in and love without inhibition: God.
|Commitee:||Mohr, William, Wegener, Frederick|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 81/1(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Creative writing, Spirituality|
|Keywords:||Christianity, Creative Writing, Poetics, Poetry, Religious, Thesis|
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