Date of Defense




First Advisor

Dr. Nancy Eimers

Second Advisor

Dr. William Olsen

Third Advisor

Herbert Scott


It is difficult for a poet to pinpoint the exact moment or object of his or her inspiration, but there always remain* these indelible images that cannot be erased. These are the most vivid points of memory in a poet's life and these are the images that I have returned to again and again in my poetry. In "Spaghetti Steam," I have culled years of inspiration and memory to provide a realistic landscape for the reader's imagination. On this topic, the American poet Cathy Song writes, "What frames the view is the mind in the diamond pinpoint light of concentration tunneling into memory, released by the imagination." This point of view has inspired me in my free usage of memory. This memory is so focused, sometimes down to a specific object, in order to connect a creative narrative with the familiar for my readers.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only