Lazy tongue

Document Type



Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor's Name

Denise Duhamel

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Bruce Harvey

Third Advisor's Name

Campbell McGrath

Date of Defense



Lazy Tongue is a collection of poems that follows the path of a first generation Latin American woman on her trail of self-discovery.

Both critique and celebration, the poems zero in on a woman's psychological, social, and sexual encounters, trying to find acceptance of self in the mirror of Catholic indoctrination and culture clash.

The poems move through a variety of forms as if each poem were a word moving, searching, stumbling into eloquence, echoing the awkwardness the speaker feels as she moves through childhood into adolescence, and the awkwardness she feels positioning herself in adult life as a rebellious, punk rock women.



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