Date of Thesis
The poems in Hinterlands are products of my interest in landscape. They feature complex territories that are constructs of the mind, emerging from the language of place. The term “existential territories” seems to fit my work because it suggests that the poems are products of language, spaces, and existential states coming together. The territories exist not as geographic places, but in the psyche, and their physical texture comes from using both the substantive quality of language and the ways language points to place. I do not think the resulting dream-like quality renders them unreal, but rather presents the adventure of navigating a reality unique to the world of the poem. Readers and the personae in these poems map themselves onto the world as the world maps itself onto them.
Honors Thesis (Bucknell Access Only)
Paula Closson Buck
Berner, Katherine R., "Hinterlands" (2012). Honors Theses. 128.