Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

M.F.A. in Creative Writing

First Advisor

Ann Fisher-Wirth

Second Advisor

Mary Hayes

Relational Format



Given: f(A great love + A missing body) is a collection of poems in four sections that takes love and mathematics at its core. The lyric and narrative poems navigate an affair between a female narrator and her lover. The math is positioned with the verse in the way an ekphrastic poem might be positioned next to the art upon which it is based. The connection and alienation of the form fractures the poem, but it also serves as a metaphor for the competing forces of two people in love. And the goal of each is pursuit of the sublime. Although the narrator arrives at the poems from a place of disorientation, as she considers the height and collapse of the relationship, a narrative web begins to appear, and the ideas upon which the mathematics are based resonate with her understanding of love.

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