Music Etymology: Middle English musik, from Anglo-French musike, from Latin musica, from Greek Mousikê, any art presided over by the Muses, especially music. This collection is a celebration of imagination, music, and everyday experience. It is a constant quest for new and different. It tackles the simplest of moments, Tai Chi on the Porch, with the most complex, Death-Sitting, it pulls from the abstract, The Secret Lives of Requiems, and the concrete, Driving Past Orange Groves on My Way to Work. Influences on this collection are W.S. Merwin, for his imagination and foundness of language, Philip Levine, because of his external vision and voice, and Kim Addonizio, who s awareness of music is a content presence in her poetry. Mousikê seeks to capture the music of all moments and translate them into language that is ripe with vibrant sound, imagery, and voice. An eclectic collection, the body of work unifies itself around how sound helps to define experience. Each poem is its own endeavor, its own voice, its own entity, and while the separate poems each stress their own individuality, Mousikê unites them to create a varied mix of work in which Moorhead constantly explores herself as a poet.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Moorhead, Robin, "Mousike" (2008). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 3520.