Title

Mystic Flu: poetry and short stories by Julia Gordon-Bramer

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Date of Defense

3-26-2010

Graduate Advisor

Nanora Sweet, PhD

Committee

Nanora Sweet, PhD

Mary Troy, MFA

Steven Schreiner, PhD

Abstract

Mystic Flu is a collection of poetry and short stories by Julia Gordon-Bramer. The poetry and prose of Mystic Flu turns its world inside-out: exploring themes of family, friends, and lovers turned to enemies, and predators; alcoholism and addiction; the subconscious ruling the conscious; the physical wrestling with the spiritual; and the road toward self-actualization in all its strangeness. The poetry in this work is predominantly free verse, confessional, yet embedded with spiritual imagery and double-meanings. The short stories of Mystic Flu are realistic, with thematic views from the skewed wisdom and fleeting innocence of the child’s experience, moving toward the definite unknowing and inevitable corruption of adulthood.

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