What a Terrible Thing a Dream Can Be

Faculty Sponsor

Sarah Jantzi


Arts and Sciences


Creative Writing, Photography

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-1-2022


I have never started a poem whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.
-Robert Frost

I chose this quote because this was a theme throughout the process of this book. My project, What a Terrible Thing a Dream Can Be, is a poetry book written and illustrated with photography by me. It’s an insight to the emotions that one feels and goes through during a changing period in their life. This creation is a collaboration between the two artistic parts of myself, I hope by combining the mediums they strengthen each other and create a cohesive whole. Throughout the process not only did I create pictures to match the poems, but the poems were changed to match the photos. Even when I thought something was completed it was still changing, like life. With this project I hope to connect with readers whether they have experienced the topics in the book or not. I want others to feel less alone in their experiences while also making the emotions more understandable to those who haven’t experienced the feelings in this book.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Valparaiso born and raised, I fell in love with photography in high school as a way to try to capture the world around me as I saw it. I realized I could do the combine this passion with poetry and strongly express how I felt. I hope to create and publish many poetry books that I illustrated as a way to create a deeper understanding of the writings.

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