Graduate project

Good morning, Colossus

Good Morning, Colossus is a circus train wreck through the freight cars of my mind. It represents my daily journey as a writer to do battle with myself, to chisel away at my anxiety until I arrive at something I can call a poem. Many of the poems in this collection closely explore issues of longing, fear, loneliness, and regret. Other poems find concern in relationships and the dissolution thereof, while others approach identity reconciliation and a thirst for redemption. Others still have nothing to do with my subject position, as I attempt to craft interesting personas from which to tell stories I would otherwise be unable to tell. Ultimately, I desire that there might be a great variety of subjects within my creative reach, but what keeps the poems in this collection tethered to each other is my impulse towards breath, to realize a physicality on behalf of my poetry, to grant it a third dimension. That said, the majority of my work is written from within a tradition of the spoken word. This project frames that tradition around the centerpiece of Walt Whitman, whom I position as the unrecognized godfather of contemporary spoken word poetry.

Good Morning, Colossus is a circus train wreck through the freight cars of my mind. It represents my daily journey as a writer to do battle with myself, to chisel away at my anxiety until I arrive at something I can call a poem. Many of the poems in this collection closely explore issues of longing, fear, loneliness, and regret. Other poems find concern in relationships and the dissolution thereof, while others approach identity reconciliation and a thirst for redemption. Others still have nothing to do with my subject position, as I attempt to craft interesting personas from which to tell stories I would otherwise be unable to tell. Ultimately, I desire that there might be a great variety of subjects within my creative reach, but what keeps the poems in this collection tethered to each other is my impulse towards breath, to realize a physicality on behalf of my poetry, to grant it a third dimension. That said, the majority of my work is written from within a tradition of the spoken word. This project frames that tradition around the centerpiece of Walt Whitman, whom I position as the unrecognized godfather of contemporary spoken word poetry.

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