Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Any creative thesis of poetry is an attempt to distill one’s aesthetic sensibilities into a single masterwork. This particular venture is not unique in that respect. What separates this lyrical endeavour from more flaccid mainstream poetry, however, is its visionary temper, for this is a poetics of revolt for truly revolting times. This poetics of subversion embodies a reactionary aesthetic that traverses both the beauty and the horror of our world, and as the poems expose social injustice, they venture sporadically into the sublime delicacy of disgust. “In the Temple of Off-Ramps” is ultimately a search for meaning in the sterile world of popular culture – a rummage for social justice and human rights in a disinterested and apathetic globalized world – a quest for grace in a domestic sphere where dysfunctionality reigns supremely impassionate.
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Hardy, Nat W., "In the Temple of Off-Ramps" (2002). LSU Master's Theses. 4222.