Date of Graduation

5-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

English

Advisor

Davis McCombs

Committee Member

John DuVal

Second Committee Member

Michael Heffernan

Keywords

American History, Anglo-Saxon Literature, Genealogy, Kentucky, Liminality, Poetry

Abstract

Perimeter Roads is a collection of poetry concerned with the boundary lines we draw and the ways which we subsequently cross them. Recurrent themes and motifs include liminality, mythology and folklore, flood narrative, home construction, home deconstruction, world travel, love, and American history. One of the central threads that holds the collection together is my personal genealogy. My ancestors appear as part of the poetic landscape--voices confronting abstract human elements: love, loss, identity, etc. What emerges is a portrait of the artist, a generational American narrative, and an exploration of the human mind as it confronts important moments in life.

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