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Care is an Incision, 2021

Identifier: cw_2021spring_meneghin_livia.pdf

Scope and Content Note

From the Series:

The series contains digital Master's theses perdominately from 2018 to present, however there are some older theses from 2010 and 2016. The theses consist of either a production book and a media component or solely a production book. The media components were originally submitted on CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays and changed to digital submissions in 2020.


  • 2021


Conditions Governing Use

The thesis is restricted due to FERPA, permission from the author is required before you can view the thesis.


49 pages (49 pages)

Language of Materials

From the record group: English

From the record group: Chinese

From the record group: Spanish; Castilian


"'Care is an Incision' explores self-care and self-preservation in the event of a severing—what does it mean when a painful act, like letting someone go or undergoing surgery, are necessary for wellness and safety? In 2019, I was diagnosed with cancer and was left behind by someone I cared for very dearly. This manuscript experiments with form to push the boundaries of memory; I rely on the ghazal's repetition to mirror the obsessiveness of anxiety and the depression of sitting in what is left behind, as well as the sonnet's brevity for tenderness. I look to the natural world, particularly to flora and coastlines, for imagery. These poems do not attempt to come to a conclusion; they compose a journey from love to bravery to harm to ultimately, movement. Where the figures are headed is not always clear. But the motion signifies healing, and an eye towards the future." -- Abstract

Physical Location

RG 010.01B Writing, Literature & Publishing

Physical Description

49 pages

Repository Details

Part of the Emerson College Archives and Special Collections Repository

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