Date of Award

Spring 5-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Fine Arts


Fine Arts

Major Professor

Carolyn Hembree

Second Advisor

Niyi Osundare

Third Advisor

Jacinta Saffold


This work explores the relationship between oral poetry and written poetry, and is written with a heavy blend of African American Vernacular English (AAVE). This work seeks to interrogate the notion that there should inherently be a rigid dichotomy between written poetry and spoken word poetry, but rather aims to show there is a relationship of mutual seepage between the distinct entities. There is also an aim of interrogating the belief that within American English there are not a multitude of dialects that are, too, worthy of academic study and poetic focus. Upon defense, this collection serves as a language lighthouse, calling in and calling to home and the many shapes and sounds home takes.


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