Date of Award

Fall 12-7-2023

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

School

Humanities

Committee Chair

Dr. Adam Clay

Committee Chair School

Humanities

Committee Member 2

Dr. Angela Ball

Committee Member 2 School

Humanities

Committee Member 3

Dr. Emily B. Stanback

Committee Member 3 School

Humanities

Committee Member 4

Dr. Ery Shin

Committee Member 4 School

Humanities

Committee Member 5

Dr. Luis Iglesias

Committee Member 5 School

Humanities

Abstract

The poems collected in West of Water embody something I call “evocative tacticity.” The tacticity I construct in my poetry centers queer poetics within the body, not apart from it. In these poems, I move beyond mere touch to make scent, memory, and taste material constructs. In these poems, I craft a sort of multi-sensory, multi-faceted sensuousness, one that brings together taste, touch, and smell to transform the everyday. As queer bodies, we often find ourselves on the outside looking in. The language of these poems seeks to embody this liminal space.

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