Title

Zero days

Date of Award

2011

Document Type

Project

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Department

English

First Advisor

Paegle, Julie

Second Advisor

Delgado, Juan

Abstract

"Zero Days" is about alienation. The poems explore alienation from God, family, self and cultural institutions. The topics range from suspicions a husband has towards wife to a psychic balance struck on a hot day in a taco shop. The poems are rendered in a narrative style, alternating between first and third person, often adopting fictional narrators as the mechanism for getting at a greater truth. These narratives are culled from the Mexican-American middle class living in suburban Southern California, reflecting the morés of a group moving between language and cultures. The poems explore the lonely, vacant spaces created by these political, sexual and emotional transitions, and the failure of modern institutions to provide comfort.

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