Date of Graduation
MFA Creative Writing Thesis
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Mary Ann Samyn
Gevalt, or And Then the Strings Come In engages with history, particularly as it relates to the descendants of Holocaust survivors living in the United States in the twenty-first century, while exploring the feelings of guilt and shame that accompany such a lineage. These explorations take the form of elegies, prayers, direct addresses, while informing poems with less explicit connections to that subject matter in their at-times vigilant, awestruck, and fearful ways of observing the world. In doing so, they seek to make sense of the senseless, and to pick up history’s rubble and create with it something new and beautiful, while never forgetting what brought them to their present moment, and what it means to exist in that moment at all.
Block, Jacob C., "Gevalt, or And Then the Strings Come In" (2019). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 3824.
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