Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Creative Writing



Major Professor

Carolyn Hembree

Second Advisor

John Gery

Third Advisor

Karisma Price


With poetic influences such as Lucille Clifton, specifically her poem “begin here,” and Ai Ogawa, specifically “Twenty Year Marriage,” this manuscript pays homage to mentor poets and people who have survived abuse, isolation, self-doubt, mental disorders, and addiction. This manuscript is for the otherwise voiceless, rightfully afraid, and forcefully silenced beings. There are also minor motifs consisting of the, sometimes, complex relationship between father and daughter, life after abusive love, and living with eating disorders. These themes are reflected in the poems throughout this manuscript not only in subject matter but in poetic craft such as playful use of otherwise strict poetic form, experimental use of white space, persona, the musical syntax of specific words, and intentional and surprising line breaks. Due to the subject matter of this manuscript, a trigger warning is advised for those who feel as though they can not submerse themselves into poems of these experiences.


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