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Colette Gerstmann '18, English

Directed Creative Writing Project in Poetry

For my senior Directed Creative Writing Project, I am writing a poetry chapbook that includes both new poems and revised poems that I have written over the course of my time at Swarthmore. My poetry formally and thematically deals with “stuck”-ness: anxiety, claustrophobia, and indecision about how to move forward. Writing the book, though, has helped me understand myself better as a poet, and brought me to a place where I can use the confinements and constraints of poetry-writing to freely express myself.