Date of Thesis
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.
poetry, science, mixed-race identity, gender relations
Bachelor of Arts
Minor, Emphasis, or Concentration
Eberly, Gari, "Synthesis" (2021). Honors Theses. 561.