Bitter Fruit

Date of Award

Fall 1-10-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Drew Beattie

Second Advisor

Lisa Corinne Davis

Academic Program Adviser

Lisa Corinne Davis


Pain is a phenomenon like fear, belief, and love -- among the forces that determine the course of our lives long before we are born. These conditions generate the layers of the human soul, marrying one life with others past, present and future.

There is an unconscious consensus on the linearity of time. Our lives, memories, dreams and reflections constantly present a challenge to this general agreement. Life, like time, is a series of interlocking awarenesses. Paths intersect, the actions of individuals deposit change into an internal pool of collective experience. Freud once believed that the past is not fixed in the way that linear time suggests. We can return. We can pick up what we dropped. We can mend what others broke. We can talk with the dead. What do we learn? What do we see?



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