Document Type



Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor's Name

Dr. Julie Wade

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Denise Duhamel

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member

Third Advisor's Name

Dr. Donna Aza Weir-Soley

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member


poetry, confessional

Date of Defense



ALIVE AND POSSIBLY DANGEROUS is a collection of poems interrogating family, sex, and the ever-changing modes of internal living. How do the things we hear when we are young age within us? How do we cope with our biggest fears coming to life? ALIVE AND POSSIBLY DANGEROUS explores, perhaps most importantly, how we come to be the strongest versions of ourselves. Clustered around a sprawling, four-page poem propelled by the phrasing of an internet meme, the poems in this book cover topics from astrology to country line dancing with the same fervent breath.

ALIVE AND POSSIBLY DANGEROUS is interested in syntactical leaps, rich, romantic, ridiculous imagination, and unsteady urgency. The narrative voice of ALIVE AND POSSIBLY DANGEROUS is largely inspired by Richard Siken, Kaveh Akbar, Melissa Broder, Louise Glück, and Ada Limon. The speaker desires love for themselves and with others, toggling between reality and fantasy as though they were two sides of the same TV screen. And they are.



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