Date of Graduation


Document Type

UAF Access Only - Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA)

Degree Level





Davis McCombs

Committee Member

Geoffrey Brock

Second Committee Member

John DuVal


Original writing


This thesis is a collection of poetry written for the fulfillment of the Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing. It contains four sections of poems which are united by broad themes and concerns, including morality and inheritance, the human role in the landscape or natural environmental, family history, myth, and anthropology/archaeology. Three of the sections are anchored around poems that describe the speaker's father's involvement in a burial or grave-digging that takes place in winter, and one section contains a single long poem in sections that meditates on a summer I spent as a member of a very small archaeology survey team in New Mexico's Chaco Culture National Historical Park, working and living amidst the ancient ruins of Chaco Canyon.