THE MOMENT OF LOOKING DOWN
Abstract (Summary)The Moment of Looking Down is a collection of poems crafted into book form over the course of my studies. The first and fourth sections focus on poems dealing with fidelity, mortality, and loss. The second section explores memory and perception through a series of poems that use a long, single-line stanza. The third section is a narrative sonnet sequence that follows the brief rise of a young jazz singer as she struggles to reconcile her understanding of herself with the perceptions of those listening to her. The dissertation concludes with the essay “Manmade: Masculinity in the Poetry of Tony Hoagland, Mark Halliday, and Rodney Jones,” which contends that these poets express the male body and male sexuality with a troubled awareness of the complicated political, cultural, and psychological position of American masculinity at the end of the twentieth century, and that their poetry moves beyond contemporary feminist and masculinity studies theorists by exploring new masculinities through directly accessible language.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Date of Publication:01/01/2007