Title

Living In It

Date of Award

2005

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

English

First Advisor

Angela Ball

Advisor Department

English

Abstract

In this work of poems, I experiment with different forms (pantoums, prose poems, villanelles, dramatic monologues, free verse, and sestinas) to create a diverse landscape of my speakers' lives. I also use many of my poems as responses to other poets and/or artists; many poems are "after" another poet's work or a loose translation or new manipulation of a previous poem or song. Living In It serves as a panel of viewpoints on family, love, and frustration.