Title

Synthesis

Date of Thesis

Spring 2021

Description

Synthesis is a scientifically-aware collection of poetry that explores how gender relations and race amalgamate to impact the maturation of an individual. Employing both sonnet and computer code, I reflect on my experiences as a mixed-raced girl growing up in central Pennsylvania, my growth through several romantic relationships, and how I currently navigate male-dominated spaces as a woman.

For the past four years, I have sought to bridge the gap between my two academic commitments: poetry and science. Both poetry and science exist as a means to ask and answer questions about the messy interactions that shape personalities and relations with the broader world. To be successful, both tools require dedication to detail, creativity, and exploration. On the page, poets mold language to reveal startling truths about how we engage with the world. In a lab, engineers leverage scientific theories to build technological innovations. Despite these similarities, I noticed that interactions between poetry and science remain faint: a missed connection at the train station, an asymptote that never opens its mouth. Through this collection, I converge these two disciplines by melding personal experience with scientific observations, as explored through a variety of poetic forms.

Keywords

poetry, science, mixed-race identity, gender relations

Access Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts

Major

English

Minor, Emphasis, or Concentration

Creative Writing

First Advisor

Katie Hays

Second Advisor

Chris Camuto

Letter of Intent to Direct a Thesis __ myBucknell_Eberly.pdf (63 kB)
Approval from Thesis Committee

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