Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



Document Type



Twa: A Masque is a collection of poems arranged in five impossible plays, subsumed under one general dramatic architecture. The work plays with the tradition of balladic variation, locating in the violence and strangeness of murder ballads and other aspects of the folk base an opportunity to explore themes of gender, identity, and trauma, and to expand the performative potential for non-linear narrative voices inside narrative poetry. This project re-versions archetypal characters and storylines and synthesizes multiple registers of language against the backdrop of a necropastoral fantasyland. Twa: A Masque doubles and mis-takes poetry for theater, archaism for neologism, and blood for song, reviving the antiquated form of the masque to accommodate its formal and generic innovations, the domains of which include lyric and narrative poetries, song, soliloquy, stage direction, and dialogue.



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Committee Chair

Glenum, Lara