Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis


English Language and Literatures


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Ed Madden


This manuscript represents thirty-two poems written over three years. Major themes include: split selves, family, death, astronomy and fear of flying. I hope to showcase a diverse range of poetic forms while maintaining a consistent but fluid voice. The collection takes its name from unconfirmed anecdote about Galileo Galilei: when asked by the Italian Inquisition to recant his claim that the earth moved around the sun he did--and in doing so saved his own life. However, legend has it as he left he said under his breath eppur si muove or "still it moves." Regardless of what we say about the planet, its direction and inclination, it travels on and on. This is my rendering of three trips around the sun.


© 2013, Elizabeth Breen