Publication Date

Spring 2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English and Comparative Literature


Samuel Maio

Subject Areas



I wanted to explore the process of using place - specifically, small towns in California that I visited - as inspiration for the writing of a book of poetry. This has been done in the past, most notably by poets such as Kenneth Rexroth and Gary Snyder. I was inspired by these poets and several others and my own experience in these often overlooked small towns to create a collection of syllabic blank verse poems that touch on their economies, practical reasons for isolation, and unique micro-cultures. While on the whole, I am pleased with the way the collection turned out, I think that if it were to be formally published, readers would benefit from seeing photographs I took during my trips in order to fully appreciate the content.