Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
First Advisor's Name
Julie Marie Wade
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art education, arts and humanities, creative writing, curriculum and instruction, education, language and literacy education, poetry
Date of Defense
SOMETHING AMERICAN is a poetry collection written from the perspective of a first-generation American navigating a growing family, a political crisis, and a global pandemic. Influences on this collection include Robert Hass’s THE ESSENTIAL HAIKU and FIELD GUIDE, which attend to nature and the poet-speaker’s immediate surroundings with diligence and precision. Ariel Francisco’s place poems and creative titles in ALL MY HEROES ARE BROKE provide important touchstones for Souto’s commitment to here-and-now writing. And Sylvia Plath’s frank and complex writing about motherhood in ARIEL grants the poet permission to probe these subjects as well.
In SOMETHING AMERICAN, experimental poems sprawl across the page or juxtapose traditional forms with postmodern content, while more traditional poems are grounded in image and narrative and signal their appearance with left margin alignment. Throughout this collection, the poet-speaker confronts and examines the tensions between her personal identity and cultural traditions, resulting in a resonant, zeitgeist mosaic.
Souto, Carolina S., "Something American" (2021). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4871.
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