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Advisory Committee Chair

Adam Vines

Advisory Committee Members

James Braziel

Kerry Madden

Daniel Siegel

Gale Temple

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Master of Arts (MA) College of Arts and Sciences


Ritual Behavior is a collection of twenty-five poems. Each poem in the collection adheres to a particular form. The forms include the following: blank verse, haiku, syllabics, prose poem, villanelle, triolet, pantoum, and others. Rhythm plays a vital role in every poem, and most of the strongest poems in the collection employ meter and rhyme. The major themes include human loneliness and alienation, the absurdity of modern society, concepts of reality and memory, loss/discovery of spirituality, economic despair, death, and poetry itself.