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Publication Date

Spring 2007

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English and Comparative Literature


Samuel Maio

Subject Areas

Literature, American


This thesis presents meditations on the region of Silicon Valley, California: its industry, people, and languages. The voices in these poems describe the emotions of inheriting history, of forging individuality and tribal connection, and of living in a place that is enamored with technology. The collection is comprised of short lyric poems written in free verse and form.Ingot's speakers trek through high tech metropolises, Chinatown, and other regions of the world. The first two sections, Learning the Ritual and Pressing, imagine ancestral voices and present views of youth and the city. In doing so, the speakers endeavor to discover their own connections to communities and places. The middle section, Metallic Movements, contrasts narratives situated in the Valley with reflections on travel in rural areas. The final sections, Maskmaking and Ingot, consider relationships that develop in fastpaced cultures and imagine intimacy between the competing forces explored throughout the collection.