Date of Award

Spring 5-2023

Document Type

M.A. Essay

First Advisor

James Dorsey

Second Advisor

Sara Swenson

Third Advisor

Jennifer Swanson


This essay analyzes the influence of various worldviews on Richard Brautigan's poetry, which form his particular language. A combination of Zen Buddhism, Japanese aesthetics, American poetic tradition, and echoes of the philosophy of absurdism are some of the core themes that serve as mechanisms for Brautigan's poems.

For each chapter of the book All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, I make an intersemiotic translation transposing Brautigan's poems into ceramic tea bowls. By combining different art forms and translating from an abstract symbolic art – poetry – to a form of applied art that is much more physically observable – pottery – hidden meanings and new modes of perception emerge. This project is rooted in exploring the possibilities of translation studies as a method and practice.