Date of Award
Master of Arts
Sheryl St. Germain
I write to capture all those elusive moments of time that are so easily forgotten. I have never been good at being an impartial observer of life. I have always been in the middle of everything in life and much of my writing stems from these experiences. I feel as if I am making something coherent and even beautiful out of what was, in reality, a messy and inarticulate floundering. Some of these poems are culled from my life, but all of them are fictions in one way or another. My most recent experimentation with poetry has turned me towards prose poems. They appeal to me more because it feels like I'm writing fiction. The longer lines allow me a greater freedom in using images and phrases that with line breaks might be constrained. The prose poems I write now are more like mini-stories to me. I have never been comfortable with writing in established forms. My one attempt at a sonnet, "[untitled]", is perhaps the only time I have succumbed to traditional form.
An anthology of poems by Daniel Joseph Johnson.
Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu
Daniel Joseph Johnson
Johnson, Daniel Joseph, "Waking moments" (2001). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 221.