Date of Award

Spring 5-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Creative Writing



Major Professor

Gery, John

Second Advisor

Hembree, Carolyn

Third Advisor

Murphy, Kay


The following manuscript is a collection of lyric poetry that touches on themes of family history, love, and labor in the service industry. It is divided into three sections. The speaker in the work dwells in mostly private spaces and deals with private symbols such as, water, to represent the father figure in the poems.


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