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dc.contributor.authorReid, Steven John
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-16T02:01:23Z
dc.date.available2015-12-16T02:01:23Z
dc.date.issued2002-05
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11122/6309
dc.descriptionThesis (M.F.A.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2002en_US
dc.description.abstract'The problem with waking' investigates the human struggle of coming to an awareness of self and the self's place among those who make up key relationships throughout life. The emphasis of the text is on locating moments in which the human essence is revealed against a variety of landscapes including forests, lakeshores, ice rinks, urban streets, and an international array of bars, from Chinese nightclubs to Alaskan pubs. Within the poems there is always an awareness of the poem on the page, on striking a visual balance in stanza length and white space. Line lengths are determined fundamentally on the belief that the strength of a poem is based on the creation and resolution of tensions and on a sensitivity to sound. Within the landscapes, representative moments are sought out and made lyric. Simple actions, often fragments of larger events, take on microcosmic, even mythical importance.en_US
dc.description.tableofcontentsThe good of a walk -- Things I lug home -- The purpose of starlings -- Swinging sticks -- Before I could silence my dad -- Soft touch, cracked cup -- Hockey follows you -- Doug Flutie is a very small man -- Hanging with the Parham boys -- Piling stones and things men do -- Vertigo -- Knocking them down with cousin Graham -- The friend who most looked like Jesus to me -- Ice-skating with a prostitute friend on the Rideau Canal -- Returning to 'The Well' -- Rate of exchange -- Principles of pressing through -- After collecting cans he fills the room -- Preparation, my second winter in Alaska -- Light in crevices -- Skinning water -- The problem with waking -- Cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon -- Missing noise -- Being too something to make monkey sounds -- The small safety of walls -- Reading the road -- No reason to dance by water so late -- Ritual of vanishing -- Erosion -- End of season -- Casting off -- Knowing better -- Passing the heart of a bullfighter in Wakefield, Quebec -- Recovery -- Hard to know.en_US
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dc.titleThe problem with wakingen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.type.degreemfaen_US
refterms.dateFOA2020-03-05T12:26:16Z


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