Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Midnight Sober
by Nishimoto, Joshua M. K., M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 86; 1499186
Abstract (Summary)

The lifesaving motif represented in several of my poems works to define its own set boundaries and tensions. Whether the tone of the poem is emotional or detached, there is the underlying notion that life and death hang in the balance—the immediacy of the situation is palpable. Lifeguarding becomes less of a job and more of an intricate relationship between rescuers and the rescued. Lifesaving in poetry encompasses all the hazards of love and loss, the things said and unsaid, and magnifies them. There is a dynamic relationship between the rescuer and the rescued. One minute she needs saving, the next she becomes the rescuer. Power is in a constant state of flux. This is how I see relationships operating in poems, and how lifesaving earns both its reputation for high tension while being aware of love in death and death in love. It is up to us to be conscious of these hazards, to know when to use sentimentality and when to withhold. The poems found in this collection explore the irony of this consciousness and the power it holds over our thoughts and actions.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Webb, Charles
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American literature, Creative writing
Keywords: Original writing, Poetry
Publication Number: 1499186
ISBN: 978-1-124-85240-9
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