Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
“A Furnace Without Angels” is a hybrid work of poetry and non-fiction prose essays revolving around a crisis of faith. With the speaker’s brain always in a state of impending apocalypse, information— biological, personal, spiritual— is filtered down through a Biblical syntax, struggling to form an equation that results with ‘but you should live anyways.’ The poems lean toward imagination— the abstract, the surreal. The non-fiction prose flits between academic interest and attempts to recontextualize a fading belief in God. It’s hard to say if anyone wins.
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