Date of Award

Spring 4-30-2015

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


English, Linguistics, and Communication

First Advisor

Pineda, Jon

Major or Concentration

English (Creative Writing Concentration)


Still is a collection of poetry written for the ENGL470 Seminar: Poetry course, taught by Professor Pineda. The word "still" itself has two definitions: not moving or making a sound, and nevertheless, all the same. The collection seeks to quietly reconcile the inevitable end of all things, while still reporting the difficulties of reaching such a conclusion. The collection blends both narrative and lyric elements. The poems straddle the range between surreal and realistic imagery, juxtaposing the visions of dreams with the hardships of reality. Still explores change over time, witnessed in interpersonal relationships and an aging landscape. It works in what could be called the anti-pastoral, rooting personal strife and difficulties of aging in a farm-like scenery that deteriorates over time. Ultimately, Still is a ten-poem chapbook that looks to consider age-old inquiries of humanity in a tightened rural scope.