Date of Award

5-1-2015

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Creative Writing

First Advisor

Joseph, Allison

Abstract

Each of the poems of Interactive Babies opens for readers a space where, instead of finding new knowledge to haul away, they may enter, cross a threshold into an unknowing, into an environment that threatens the security of knowledge possessed, to become bewildered, to be reintroduced to wonder. Each poem acts as a vehicle of initiation, creating the surrealists' "charged field of possibility" capable of freeing a reader from the sickness of habitual, dismissive perception toward the acquisition of "new eyes" that, through these primitive, infantile, provocative poems' defamiliarizations of language and its oppressions of self, turns the world around to facilitate a new creature in the reader-- a creature unsettled, emptied, changed.

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