Publication Date


Degree Type

Creative Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



Date of Closing Conversation


First Committee Member

A. Manette Ansay

Second Committee Member

Jaswinder Bolina

Third Committee Member

Evelina Galang


Light Escapes Us: The lynchpin of these poems hinges around anecdotes of identity, provisional cultures, and a legacy of silence. Both the light that comes from within us and that same light which often escapes our grasp are stripped of their bushel: explored is one family’s immigration from their home in northern Japan where a great grandfather is imprisoned for writing a poem “See The Warhorse Cry”; the long legacy of silence that envelops his family even after escaping to America; three Japanese American girls facing the all-White reality of central Pennsylvania; reconnecting to the lost history of a man so ashamed of his indigenous heritage he burns all remnants and denounces tribal enrollment; dislocation, disassociation, and the disasters which plague varied familial histories are given consciousness and a voice. The Claws That Catch: On the night a young girl goes blind an eerie ferryman beckons her into a world of the fantastique to regain her sight. Fourteen-year-old Poppy is losing her uncontrollable battle with blindness; the only thing she can control, however, is her preparation for a series of tests which will determine whether or not she receives treatment. When she is denied treatment by the White Coats she is forced to gorge her way through a world of horrors to regain control of her sight and ultimately herself—a world where collectors tax body parts, and the consumption of monstrous creatures lends powers beyond imagination.


University; of; Miami; MFA; Creative; Thesis; 2016

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