Master of Fine Arts
Date of Defense
These poems begin in both grief and wonder, which function as emotional guides to the speakers’ engagement with contemporary environmental loss, in particular addressing the extinction crisis caused by Anthropogenic climate change. Wonder in these poems is grounded in an awareness of ongoing, preventable, but not always reversible loss. What does it mean to express wonder towards environmental beauty in an era defined by its destruction? At the same time, my work returns to the recognition that grief and wonder are ‘more than human’ emotions, serving as sources of potential (re)connection with species and habitats beyond, but linked to, our own.
Goggins, Sydney, "Prompts for Recalling a World of Lesser Damage" (2020). Theses. 424.
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