Title page for ETD etd-0710102-120938

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hardy, Nat W.
URN etd-0710102-120938
Title In the Temple of Off-Ramps
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Andrei Codrescu Committee Chair
James Bennett Committee Member
Joseph Kronick Committee Member
  • hardy
  • poetry
  • off-ramps
  • temple
Date of Defense 2002-07-09
Availability unrestricted
Any creative thesis of poetry is an attempt to distill one’s aesthetic sensibilities into a single masterwork. This particular venture is not unique in that respect. What separates this lyrical endeavour from more flaccid mainstream poetry, however, is its visionary temper, for this is a poetics of revolt for truly revolting times. This poetics of subversion embodies a reactionary aesthetic that traverses both the beauty and the horror of our world, and as the poems expose social injustice, they venture sporadically into the sublime delicacy of disgust.

“In the Temple of Off-Ramps” is ultimately a search for meaning in the sterile world of popular culture – a rummage for social justice and human rights in a disinterested and apathetic globalized world – a quest for grace in a domestic sphere where dysfunctionality reigns supremely impassionate.

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