Date of Award

5-2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

Program

Creative Writing

First Advisor/Chairperson

Dr. Austin Hummell

Second Advisor

Professor Matthew Gavin Frank

Third Advisor

Professor Jennifer Howard

Abstract

The poems in this collection represent an exploration of different towns and counties in Illinois. With a strong sense of place, the narrative and lyric poems in The Highlands rely on a rotating cast of narrators based on the author's family to explore disordered relationships, landownership, inheritance, and immobility.

The collection is divided into two parts, The Landowner’s Daughter and Dear Katharine. The poems in the first section have a stronger connection to the land, while the poems in the second half grapple with what it means to be disconnected from generational landownership.

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