Title

The Sad Zoo

Publication Date

2014-04-27

Availability

Embargoed

Embargo Period

2016-04-27

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English (Arts and Sciences)

Date of Defense

2014-04-22

First Committee Member

Jaswinder Bolina

Second Committee Member

Maureen Seaton

Third Committee Member

Chris Abani

Abstract

The Sad Zoo is an exploration of contemplating life through the lens of anything involving animals, from the biological to the kitsch, from the assumed to the amusing. The idea of the animal self, as well as the relationship between the human mind and the animal spirit, is a constant obsession and, by choosing to consider the heightened senses that are often unused by human beings, triggers absurd connections. This text works with the absurdity in a way that is quiet and naïve, yet aware and artful. Discovering the world through the animal spirit has long been a way that can allow the human closer to his or her natural self. This text attempts to capture this closeness as the thin distance between the feel of the skin to the feel of the world, as well as what gets in the way.

Keywords

Poetry; American; Animal Spirit; Personal Exploration

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