English Language and Literature ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 5-2017


The following book of poems is broken into four sections themed on air travel to reflect the manuscript’s title and primary preoccupation: leaving, for better or worse, and the ensuing journeys. The sections are “Departure,” “Baggage,” “Layover,” and “Arrival.” Inherent in this structure is also something of a narrative arc—a classical story structure that suggests continuity (of plot or character) and change. It is a book of lyric poems, however, and so it resists conforming entirely to the narrative mode, even as it embodies the questions at the heart of its structure: what causes one to leave a person or place, when is it time to, and who or what is left behind? What changes in the process of leaving? Where does one end up, and can one return home?

Degree Name

MFA Creative Writing

Level of Degree


Department Name


First Committee Member (Chair)

Lisa Chavez

Second Committee Member

Greg Martin

Third Committee Member

Dan Mueller

Fourth Committee Member

Jerome Shea



Document Type


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