Document Type



Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor's Name

Richard Blanco

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee chair

Second Advisor's Name

Campbell McGrath

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member

Third Advisor's Name

Asher Milbauer

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member


poetry, historical, civics

Date of Defense



NO NEW WORLD is a collection of poetry that follows the establishment, development, and decline of an imagined mid-Atlantic town. Using a blend of historical fact and fiction, the poems open up space for reflection on the historical progress of civilization as a making and unmaking process. The collection explores themes of colonialism, settlement, nature, survival, erasure, civic development, and cyclical forms. The poems take on a variety of styles and tones, shifting between poems from personal life and more oracular poems, creating an oscillation between the human and non-human perspectives that situate and collectively establish the cohesive organism of a town. Ultimately, NO NEW WORLD forms a polyphonic, centuries-spanning narrative whose main themes concern the passage of time and the perpetual discourse of forces swelling and contracting. It wrestles with the contradiction of multiple perspective and the need to define the context of place even as that concept dissolves.



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Poetry Commons



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