Year of Award
Professional Paper - Campus Access Only
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Creative Writing (Poetry)
Department or School/College
Department of English
Karen Volkman, Elizabeth Hubble, Eduardo Chirinos
Poetry, Poems, Poem, Queer, Image, Mountain
University of Montana
Creative Writing | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Fine Arts | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Philosophy of Language | Poetry
My work is somewhat political, addresses my queer identity, mulls over the legacy of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, talks about relationships between women, and is hopefully full of images that hook themselves into the reader's memory.
The features of our topography exist in my poems as symbols in an emotional vocabulary: an island is withholding, the desert is silence, a cave is a tunnel with an end and both are for hiding, mountains are hope except when they are me. By literally grounding my writing I’m able to explore abstractions of philosophy and theory without losing the visceral humanity behind or within the work.
My work echoes my experience as a queer woman; it resonates with things that can’t be said, coexisting denial and devotion, equivocation and metaphor. On the page, I believe this “queerness” is also manifest in an inclination to the non-linear. I’m interested in literal and metaphorical meanings held together with sticky layers of signification in between.
In The Rejection of Closure (1985), Lyn Hejinian writes, “We delight in our sensuous involvement with the materials of language, we long to join words to the world—to close the gap between ourselves and things—and we suffer from doubt and anxiety because of our in¬ability to do so.” The sublime tension in the delight and anxiety of that gap between words and world keeps me digging deeper into this work that we’re doing.
Mountain, Alicia M., "High Ground Coward" (2015). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4453.
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