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No Marketable Skills: A collection of poetry

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posted on 2023-09-06, 03:34 authored by Gabriella M. Belfiglio

This collection of original poems delves into many forms and voices juxtaposing an autobiographical perspective, where the author, an Italian-American lesbian reveals personal struggles, next to persona poems, which feature Frieda Kahlo, a feral briar, and Rapunzel's mother, among other subjects. The organization of the collection plays off the title, dividing the poems into parts named after the sections of a resume (name, address, education, etc.). The sections and the title have a sense of irony. The seemingly pessimistic viewpoint of the literal interpretation of "no marketable skills" fleshes out the hopeful perspective of qualities of a deeper merit and beauty that are often unappreciated, especially in the realm of financial compensation. The collection subtly looks at what it means not only to be a poet and claim this as one's (usually unpaid) work and priority, but also of what it is to simply be in this chaotic world.

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ProQuest Dissertations & Theses

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English

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Thesis (M.F.A.)--American University, 2004.

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http://hdl.handle.net/1961/thesesdissertations:5730

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