The definition of a "corpus" is a body—whether it's the anatomical body or the body as a collection—but this word has a wide reach, out to anything that can be inhabited. The collection Corpora, named for the plural of corpus, explores these bodies, the lack of control we have over them, and the way that we try to reclaim it. Through poems mourning the loss of a father, Corpora uses memories—and how we process them—as a method of looking deeper into what houses us and how we try to regain control of what houses us—our home, our bodies, and the environment. This collection is sorted into three sections: the loss of the speaker's mother in the speaker's childhood, the loss of the speaker's father in her young adulthood, and the period shortly after the death of her father, when she attempts to process these memories. The narrative of her life is enveloped in magical realistic elements, and the lines between home dwellings, nature, and the human body become hazy. Insects have a more involved place in the speaker's recollection—companions and spectators in the events already set into motion that envelop the speaker. Reality shifts as the speaker falls back into her own body, which is constantly adapting to her situation.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Harden, Samantha, "Corpora" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1472.
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