Type of Document Dissertation Author Wallace, Helen URN etd-09042003-195359 Title Shimming the Glass House Degree Doctor of Philosophy Department English, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Sheila Ortiz-Taylor Committee Chair Brenda Cappuccio Committee Member David Kirby Committee Member Janet Burroway Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 2003-06-01 Availability restricted AbstractShimming the Glass House is a collection of poems, many of which address what the title
suggests: an attempt to balance what is, by nature, fragile. Whether dealing with personal
relationships, or mortality, or the quirky ways we try to shape our lives, these poems, written in
both free verse and in formal traditions, suggest that language, reaching out through words, can
be a transformative process—a way to understand and perhaps even support a world continually
off kilter. The poems collected here explore what it means to accept our tenuous conditions; to
live with the recognition that maybe our desire alone has to be good enough, unquenchable and
mysterious though it is. Maybe desire, as expressed through language, is all we really have to balance, what remains essentially, a glass house.
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