Date of Award

5-1-2013

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Joseph, Allison

Abstract

This thesis is a creative study of poetry and visual art, containing fifty poems and ten illustrations. It is situated on the continuum of a long and rich history of interactions between poetry and the visual arts, from the earliest works of ekphrasis poetry written over two-thousand years ago, and the Haiga poets of 11th-century Japan blending painting and haiku, to the numerous and varied works of contemporary poets and artists. Inspiration for this creative endeavor spans the works of many poet-artists, including William Blake, Mark Strand, Charles Simic, Russell Edson, Anne Carson, Nick Flynn, and Tom Phillips, and many others who have created visual and concrete poetry, erasure poetry, graphic poetry, broadsides, and illustrated collections. The visual art contained in this thesis is not intended as a mere addition to the poetry, rather the poetry and art function as a composite, an integrated form that simultaneously illustrates, augments, contrasts, and distorts.

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