Date of Award

4-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

Program

Creative Writing

First Advisor/Chairperson

Dr. Beverly Matherne

Second Advisor

Professor Matt Bell

Third Advisor

Dr. Austin Hummell

Abstract

This collection of poetry highlights the complex human experience of what it means to be a woman who loves women. Adding to the discourse of lesbian poetry, within spoken word poetry and for-the-page poetry, these poems doubly voice silenced perspectives and identities. A large portion of the work is spoken word poetry, which seeks to make the subgenre more accessible to a larger audience. Set primarily in the Midwest, these poems voice queer identity that asks us to consider what makes someone a person, as identity is much more than sexuality. Love, sex, loss, sexuality and gender expression are themes that bind these poems.

Mohawk Thesis.wma (2363 kB)
Mohawk

How to Love Someone Thesis.wma (2640 kB)
How to Love Someone

When I Tell a Lover I Have an STD.wma (1763 kB)
When I Tell a Lover I Have an STD

Sheets Thesis.wma (2135 kB)
Sheets

Promises to a Son.wma (2657 kB)
Promises to a Son

Certain Thesis.wma (1136 kB)
Certain

Dear Anne Thesis.wma (2986 kB)
Dear Anne

Growing Up Screaming.wma (2526 kB)
Growing Up Screaming

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