Earth Unlidded



Date of Graduation


Document Type

MFA Creative Writing Thesis

Degree Type



Eberly College of Arts and Sciences



Committee Chair

James Harms.

Committee Co-Chair

Mary Ann Samyn

Committee Member

Richard Montgomery


Earth Unlidded aims to animate its readers into their unfettered experience of the world's multifarious expressions, to encourage them to re-member their creative powers as creators of their creation, and inspire them join others of the tribe in dances of fertile abandon at the center of the crossing point. Here the reader will find a "Wunderkabinet" of voices, dictions, personae, modalities, and discourses. These poems array themselves in different places across several poetic axes: the axis of private/pubic utterance; the realistic/surreal axis; the transparently narrative/fractal language, anti-narrative axis. By refusing to maintain a stable voice or node on these axes, this collection of poems invites the reader to inhabit that fertile place M. C. Richards calls "the crossing point"---the layer of plant cells, neither root nor shoot, from which the plant delves down into the earth and up into the sun. This continual movement between inner and outer spaces echoes the generative, creative tension in all our lives between our private language and our public discourse. By choosing to inhabit the crossing point, Richards says, "we find our aloneness and our connectedness and affirm them, helping to stir up possibilities."

Embargo Reason

Permanent Embargo – MFA Creative Writing

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