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Insomnia Lullaby

  • Author(s): Gabbert, Ashley Mag
  • Advisor(s): Essbaum, Jill A
  • Winer, Andrew
  • et al.
Abstract

This thesis is a collection of original poetry written by Ashley Mag Gabbert. These poems explore the human experience, both emotional and physical. The cyclical, repetitive nature of the collection as a whole seeks to emulate the primal struggle with grief and obsession that each person must endure, and the axis upon which each piece turns is concept of rest--both literal and figurative. Individually, each poem explores the Confessional mode of poetry, one focused on narrative and the physical body; the language of the speaker is therefore direct and unadorned, and the use of imagery and metaphor is concise. Additionally, these poems exhibit a strong use of association, which allows for both supernatural and transformative movement throughout each singular piece as well as the entire collection.

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