Tower (2017)

This is my first project from Art 107, and coincidentally, also one of the first images I ever created using Photoshop. It is an edited photograph of a paper sculpture that had to support itself without any adhesive. Continue reading “Tower (2017)”

Avant-Garde Final Project: Randomly-Generated Poem

ENG 394 Hub Reflection Paper Paratext


“Neoliberal Fugue State” by Grady Pearson, Anonymous YouTube commenters, and the Apple Inc. Legal Team


A shell moves barnacles

Perfect spine of canvass

Extra, and we signal,

display his,

and open.

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Crossing Over: An Explication of Amy Clampitt’s “Discovery” (1993)

Essay completed 11 September 2017

The 1993 poem “Discovery” portrays the prioritization of fantasy over reality that arises when a society separates itself from nature. The speaker dramatizes this divide with the concrete image of humans encountering manatees swimming “upriver to Blue Spring,” a location cast as a neutral territory between the fakeness of the  “cozy mythologies” humans invent and the authenticity nature offers. “No imagining these sirenians dangerously singing,” the speaker remarks, considering the difference between manatees and their fantastical counterparts, “…so much for the Little Mermaid.” Continue reading “Crossing Over: An Explication of Amy Clampitt’s “Discovery” (1993)”

“Of Everything He is the Theme”: Archetypal Criticism and the Phases of Myth

Essay completed 25 September 2017

Archetypal criticism identifies the symbolic elements in “pre-literary categories” such as “ritual, myth and folk tale” from humanity’s past that still make up narratives today (Frye 1308-1309). Literary critic Northrop Frye establishes a systematic foundation for archetypal criticism in his 1951 essay “The Archetypes of Literature.” Continue reading ““Of Everything He is the Theme”: Archetypal Criticism and the Phases of Myth”