Theses and Dissertations



Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Pierce, Catherine

Committee Member

Lyons, Richard

Committee Member

West, Robert

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Arts


The poems in Greg Williamson's 2008 sonnet sequence, A Most Marvelous Piece of Luck, all turn toward imagined experiences of death, skirting the line between life and death and illustrating the boundary that one crosses but cannot experience—the liminal, aporetic boundary that occurs at the moment of until (the word marking the turn of each sonnet in Williamson's collection). Throughout this sequence, Williamson also examines the idea of death and its implications for the writer, examining the problematized situation of life after death. In my own collection, Assemblage, I attempt to examine the liminal as well, looking at death in several poems, but also looking at the way one uses the past in understanding the present and the present in understanding the future.


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