The Rain Shapes. (Original poetry)
The Rain Shapes, a collection of poetry in three sections, depicts a poetic evolution from an essentially intellectual comprehension of reality to perception founded largely on physicality and intuition. The first section, "The Symbolic Order," alludes to the Lacanian explanation of language as an expressive mode which never quite incurs complete satisfaction because of its signifiers' inherent inability to capture meaning and presence fully. Despite the implied limitations of language, these poems aspire to convey the vitality and reparative power of the intuitive response. The second section, "You To Me Luminous," relies primarily on lyric evocations of physicality to express both an impatience with purely cognitive awareness and a desire for physical action and reaction to reaffirm representations of reality. The final section, "The Ride Home," attempts to transcend the lyric intimacy of the preceding sections and examines familial and social themes by way of various narrative strategies.