Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Drama and Communications


Drama and Communications

Major Professor

Katrovas, Richard

Second Advisor

Macari, Anne Marie

Third Advisor

Lavender, William


The Third Side of the Coin is a manuscript of poetry exploring ironic distances, both physical and metaphysical, both slight and significant. It opens with a quote from Agha Shahid Ali who asked, "What then is separation's geography?" The poems in this collection describe the geography of separation between individuals, cultures, ideas, man and nature and the physical and metaphysical realms. As the author travels deserts, oceans, and outer space, she seeks proofs of existence and questions natural laws deemed irrefutable. This questioning is reflected in the book's title, which, on one hand, represents a state of geometric impossibility. And yet, the author contends that every coin has a third side, however narrow, marginal or fleeting it may be. It is the third side that unites diametrical opposites, that permits the coexistence of dark and the light, and that bridges the gravity and weightlessness of our existence.


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