Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
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Donna Aza Weir Soley
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poetry, feminism, post-confessional, empathy, millennial, creative writing, long poems, queer, LGBTQ, teaching
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SWITCH is a collection of post-confessional feminist poems exploring what it means to be a Millennial, a witness, a woman, a daughter, a dissident, and a student and teacher at the same time. Bookended by two long poems, the poetic-narrative heart of this collection dives into experiences of queer self-actualization, violence, community, family, and love. Narratives about simultaneity, empathy, and politics drive home the message of these poems: the dailiness of our lives is both quotidian and profound.
SWITCH is inspired by writers like Ellen Bass, Audre Lorde, Allison Joseph, June Jordan, Judy Grahn, and Marge Piercy, who’ve used intimate, public, personal, and collective experiences to develop a political lens rooted in empathetic self-awareness. The speaker switches between narrative long poems, lists, personal stories, and fragmentation, juxtaposition, repetition, and the subjunctive sense of “what if?” to establish what it might mean live a meaningful and awareness-driven life on planet Earth.
McKee, Freesia Walsh, "Switch" (2020). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4419.
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