Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name


Organizational Unit

College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, English and Literary Arts

First Advisor

Graham Foust


Creative writing, Poetry


I think of this book as having two presiding spirits: the concept of “strange strangeness” formulated by Timothy Morton in The Ecological Thought and anticipated, in my eyes, by Julia Kristeva in Strangers to Ourselves; and the concept of “feeling real,” specifically as presented in D.W. Winnicott’s Playing and Reality. The poems that make up A Season are caught between these two poles, such as they are, doing their best to make a life within the limbo into which they’ve fallen. The poems live in strangeness, within which they want to feel real; their drive is to reweave an intimacy between the past and the present, the “self” and its others, between the world that is and a world that’s been irrevocably lost. The project takes as its genesis a moment of crisis in which Narcissus leans over the pool and sees no reflection there. Its methods are collage, “translation,” and assemblage as “re-membrance,” and by the end I think what it aims for is the patchwork reconstruction of a face, a face in which the many sub-faces that make up any face are lovingly held up for display. A Season is a self-portrait as blank space, a self-portrait as perpetual becoming—“a house of mirrors in which every face is perpetually on its way.”

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Michael Joseph Walsh


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137 pgs


Creative writing