Hill worms of England and Wales
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I believe part of the drive in my writing is an impulse to define poetry. The desire to fully satisfy this curiosity is something I find endlessly interesting, and amusing. In conclusion, I have found that a creative approach is the only authentic response. Therefore, my thesis has come to represent a personal exploration towards this interest. I have used my writing to flesh out what this might mean and always had the ambition these poems would add further mystery to the question. This is the underlying ethos of my work. Here, I attempt to sometimes communicate feeling more than sense, sensation over rational thought – all things I find poetry satisfies in myself. This has encouraged me to use sound and sense in experimental ways, as well as further investigate the spaces created by the imagination in the normal workaday reality of the world. As a result, I discovered a surreal approach comes very naturally to me. However, I strive to create a balance as well as a unique take towards this style. I think poetry should be fun to read, too. Quiet and loud. Abstract and grounded. And I assert that prose poems can be just as poetical as more recognisable forms. Just like the mythical hill worms talked about in ancient folklore, I think poetry should be intangible and mysterious. Funny and profound. This also ties into other themes which encourage my writing: childhood, imagination, love, art, animals, hobbies, our environment, and perhaps an overarching theme of how our individuality interacts within these – what I believe to be – spiritual spheres. And whether individuality as well as the imagination, like poetry, is something that cannot be specified, and is perhaps, moreover, a complex, evolving idea involving our geography and our shared and personal histories.
Thesis, MFA Master of Fine Arts
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