Tollbooth at the Edge of the World
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This thesis in creative writing is a manuscript of poems that examine and deconstruct death, mortality and the apocalypse. It is the product of extensive research, workshops and collaboration with the professors and students of the University of Missouri-Kansas City English Department. The poems draw from the knowledge attained from the studies, lectures and texts made available in the classes required in the Master of Fine Arts program. The contents of the poems as well as the form and style presented are representative of the skills and aesthetic mastery achieved through participation in the program.
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Introduction -- Section One: Apocalypse: Prologue ; Apocalypse: Mississippi ; Self-portrait in Divinity ; Apocalypse: Hollow ; Capgras Syndrome ; Jacob ; Apocalypse: Teleprompter ; Ekbom’s Syndrome ; Top 20 Sounds in a Therapist’s Office ; Prompts -- Section two: Wasp ; Apocalypse: Kansas ; Cotard’s Syndrome ; Apocalypse: Utah ; Self-portrait in a Mirror ; Enough ; Apocalypse: Home ; Peter Returns to the Temple ; Apocalypse: Revelation ; Peter Returns to Galilee ; Soil ; Apocalypse: Billboards ; Apocalypse: Infection -- Section three: Apocalypse: Nevada ; When Jacob Died ; Apocalypse: Seer : Rabbit ; Apocalypse: Dictionary ; Apocalypse: Home ; Clot ; Apocalypse: Anxiety ; Apocalypse: Revelation ; Apocalypse: Mother ; Tollbooth at the Edge of the World