Degree awarded: M.F.A. Literature. American University The world is composed of little things: beads of water in a hurricane, particles of dust before a drought. Nature's violence begins on such a small scale, all we can see is the aftermath -- the miniscule becoming magnificent. A Hard World for Little Things is a study of individual lenses and the intricate distortions that shape our lives. As the environment creates and destroys itself, we do the same, constantly, adjusting our views (of the world and ourselves) in search of a clear focus; one that will allow us to see the storms, the rainfall, and our hands as we catch each tiny drop.