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Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Warren Liu

Reader 2

Leila Mansouri

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This thesis is a series of poems and short pieces of prose that carry a common theme of a relationship between a young child and their older self in their twenties. This will be based off of my own young and current selves as I find myself soon to be graduating and emerging into adulthood. I have been very inspired by the work of Natalie Diaz, Ocean Vuong, Carmen Maria Machado, and other writers whose work centers on themes of queerness, family, bodies, and home. I primarily used an objectivist style of writing to explore the “you” and the “I” of the relationship between child and adult, centering on, writing to, and slowly defining an ambiguous “you” that blurs the line between the two as time becomes non-linear and past and present versions of the narrator become one.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.