Master of Fine Arts
Date of Defense
John Dalton, MFA
“This Is the Best I Can Do” is a collection of short stories and poems that explores the psychology of lost ideals. The characters in these stories hold convictions about how the world is and how people should be that are altered when they are placed in situations that prove reality is far more complex. With shaken faith comes the necessity of building a new understanding not only of the world around them as a whole but of their own lives and identities. These revisions are not necessarily improvements, but they are necessary. Whether the faith is in a deity, a philosophy, or a person, the works contained here seek to find out what happens to a person when his or her foundation crumbles.
Milton, Amy Renee, "This Is the Best I Can Do" (2013). Theses. 150.