Into a Dream of the Unified Field: Jorie Graham Abstract Kyoonwon Yang (Daejin Univ.) This paper is intended to comprehend Jorie Graham`s idea of poetic self by analyzing “Notes on the Reality of the Self” from Materialism (1993) among many other self-related poems. And it also tries to examine her pursuit of unity, whose vision she has sought more consciously after Region of Unlikeness (1991), by closely reading the title poem from The Dream of the Unified Field (1995). Graham is not a poet of the kind who breathes life into things by magic of language. Her poetic self is characteristic of “Negative Capability” as in John Keats or in Wallace Stevens, and seems to contribute to her remarkable attraction among contemporary living American poets. Humanism says that the self is in the center of the universe and gains the superiority over the world. However, from the viewpoint of anti-humanism, it is part of the whole and coexists with all the others. When the world is not controlled by the authoritative self, it ceaselessly comes into change as its parts connect differently to one another. From Hybrids of Plants and of Ghosts (1980) to Region of Unlikeness and Materialism, Graham has shown consistently the world whose identity cannot be sustainable. In spite of the pressure of the “erosion” and “materialism” in her preceding books, her consciousness is more keenly sharpened in her first book of selection, The Dream of the Unified Field. Ironically she has a dream of the unified field in the region of unlikeness. Graham is a philosophical poet. Her vision of unity is likely to remain a dream, not to be fulfilled as a fact. Her sensibility has the capacity for both unifying and alienating. And in her poetry, political, philosophical, and aesthetical causes are considered to affect one another so as to compose “a new way of looking.” In this sensibility of complex, Graham declines rash expectation of any reliable closure and resides in reality, sitting on the border of a dream of the unified field.