Document Type



Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor's Name

Denise Duhamel

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee chair

Second Advisor's Name

Campbell McGrath

Second Advisor's Committee Title

committee member

Third Advisor's Name

Martha Schoolman

Third Advisor's Committee Title

committee member



Date of Defense



LITTLE INTANGIBLE WRONGDOINGS is a collection of poems that explores the urgency of climate change and pervasiveness of gender bias. The collection’s themes interact with the natural, supernatural, and fictional worlds of television and movies. The speaker explores zeitgeist moments while leaning into the occult, asking the reader to consider topics like memory, time, and spirits. The collection is divided into three sections, with poems being ordered thematically and by form. The first section asserts the feminist speaker and ushers forward contemporary issues of the 21st century. The second section plays with form, situating the speaker in place at her childhood home. The final section plays with dichotomy, utilizing forms like stereoscopes as mirrors to popular cultural. Toggling between free-verse and form, the voice in the collection balances dreaminess, humor, and assertiveness, reminiscent of its influences in contemporary poetry like Stacey Waite, Ariel Francisco, and Li-Young Lee.



Previously Published In

The poems "Euphemisms and Marsh Roots Have the Same Depth" and "The Sky Can't Hold Anything" previously appeared in Pittsburgh Poetry Journal. The poem "Stereoscope: Inherited Wealth is not an Adaptation" was previously published by PANK.

Included in

Poetry Commons



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