Date of Award

Spring 5-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Creative Writing

Committee Director

Luisa A. Igloria

Committee Member

Remica Bingham-Risher

Committee Member

Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley


The emotional square footage required for any life’s accumulation of loss can be as difficult to manage as finding storage space for a hoard of physical souvenirs and heirlooms. This thesis has evolved as a type of inner-housekeeping, a spring clean anchored and organized by the trauma of suicide; not once, but twice, where such a deliberate exit is examined from a deliberately arial perspective. Here a speaker crawls into and pulls away from suffering to find clarity in a universal human experience.

Poet, Gregory Orr has written about loss as “the body of the beloved” where no one is spared. This thesis attempts to reconcile the imperfection of the collective “body of the beloved” and finds in it a way to love the world more deeply. Herein, I make an effort to integrate trauma and loss as tools that build an organic lifescape, providing function as well as ornamentation.



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