Date of Project


Document Type

Honors Thesis

School Name

W. Fielding Rubel School of Business



Major Advisor

Lindsay Gargotto

Second Advisor

Dr. Zackary Ross


Have you ever perhaps overheard a conversation and thought it reminded you of your own life, or someone you knew? You most likely moved on, and you most likely completely forgot about who you overheard. This collection of poetry was written to urge thought on these secret moments of connection which most people experience every day. Every poem in the collection was written from something I overheard in public, as though I were reading prompts. The pieces are fictional in the sense that I really know so little of the full context, but real in the sense that when I wrote them, and hopefully when you read them, we see someone we know or even ourselves. The poems are surrounded by research on other anthropological poets, and a thoughtful dive into the background of each poem in the collection. The aim of the poems is to spur vehement empathy and affirmation of the human experience.