Black Holes & Their Feeding Habits
Reidy, Kiyoko cecelia
Black Holes & Their Feeding Habits is a collection of poems that centers around themes of addiction, identity, nature, various conceptions of home, and the ubiquitous negotiations between the self and the external world. The first half of this thesis asks: what happens when home is no longer a place of safety? It provides glimpses into moments where the home space is tarnished by to addiction, illness, or abuse. Throughout the second section, the conception of home changes and compresses from a large house to the inescapable confines of the body. Many of the poems draw on the confessional tradition of consciousness building, as well as taking on autobiographical subject matter. Instead of focusing on a factual recounting of autobiographical details, however, the poems construct emotional truth through the act of confession. In the latter half of the thesis, many of the poems move to the natural world. The poems enter the world of eco-poetics by seeking both to celebrate the ongoing wonders of nature and to critique the damage humanity has inflicted. In the final poem, the speaker’s brother is depicted as a human form emerging, through sculpture, from a block of marble; this is a metaphor for the experience of addiction recovery. The final image—the man within the marble carving himself free—is a reminder of the human connection to the earth, the power of the self, and the endless possibility for healing.