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Three Places

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Title:Three Places
Authors:Lausterer, Brent
Contributors:English (department)
Date Issued:15 Jan 2014
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract:This thesis is about how nature affects my relationship with myself and with others, particularly male members of my family. It is about journeys taken outwards. The poems are centered around the three places I lived as I grew up: Colorado, Nebraska and Maui. I lived in Nebraska in fourth through eighth grade, and returned for my freshmen and sophomore years of college. It was while I was at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln that I attended my first poetry reading. The poet was a rural Nebraskan, William Kloefkorn, and after the reading he signed my first book of poetry, Houses and Beyond, in his tight script. In Houses and Beyond. Kloefkorn's poetry focusses on family and place, and the interaction between the two. The character in this thesis is a journeyer and an observer. He watches the world around him and records it processes. He is always attentive, he takes possession of objects by holding them in his memory. The character enters each place through his five senses, and through the natural world he enters a transformative internal world. His breathing slows down, he feels as if time is slowing around him. "Seashores" is about this type of transformation. As the narrator moves from the highway, into the restroom, and then breaks away into the cornfield, he feels he is at the center of a flood of objects. He orders these primarily through sight to interact with them. The objects he selects from his world are transformed internally into sensual images around which he centers his memories. The mural of geese on a brick wall in "Seashores" is an emblem of how the character sees himself in nature. Just as the geese are trapped in their field of blue. the poet cannot fully escape the limits of his skin and attain "free-flight" completely into the natural. In "Immersion", the narrator acts almost entirely as an observer, watching the fish as he feels they are watching him. He places each one physically in its relation to himself and to the reef and feels as if he is one of the creatures of the ocean.
Pages/Duration:33 pages
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