Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

Advisor's Name

Campbell McGrath

Advisor's Title

Committee Chair

Advisor's Name

Denise Duhamel

Advisor's Name

Kimberly Harrison

Keywords

Poetry

Date of Defense

3-4-2010

Abstract

HALLELUJAH SHOES is a collection of poems, many grounded in the landscape and vernacular of rural and coastal North Florida, and steeped in a sense of place, loss, and the difficulties and mysteries of the human condition. Written mainly in free verse, the collection also contains poems written in traditional and nontraditional forms: abecedarian, haiku, sonnet, noun, and theatrical play. Section one is dominated by the narrator’s relationships with family and culture—their demands, dramas, and allures—and the conflict they create with the narrator’s desire for autonomy. Section two focuses on the narrator as she makes her own way in the world, exercising independence yet still subject to the emotional undertow of childhood experiences. Section three locates the narrator in the present, back in Florida after many years away, with knowledge of the transience of life, but taking joy where she can find it.

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