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

Michael Heffernan

Second Committee Member

Rilla Askew

Keywords

Arkansas, Benton County, Outlaws, Ozarks, Poetry, Southern

Abstract

Shape-Note Singing is a collection of poems about what is loved, lost, and being lost. Placed in the landscape of the Ozark foothills in the northwest corner of the state of Arkansas, the collection explores the poet’s connection to kin, land, and lore. Shape-Note Singing is the story of plain-spoken folks of simple origins telling the truth as they see it and as best they know how.

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