The River Twice

Date of Award

Summer 8-11-2017

Author Requested Restriction

Open Access (no embargo, no restriction)

Work Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies (MA)


Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

First Advisor

Amaranth Borsuk

Second Advisor

Ted Hiebert


The River Twice is a combination of prose, poetry, and visual imagery that explores identity formation, narrativity, and the medium of language as material for art production. The work is a semi-autofictional account of chronic illness, anxiety, grief, love, and friendship. Four distinct sections work together and independently to produce the experience of an identity at once coming into being and fracturing, engaging the reader in fluctuating and shimmering surfaces of moving parts that remain still, allowing stillness to be the breath of movement.