Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

M.F.A. in Creative Writing



First Advisor

Ann Fisher-Wirth

Second Advisor

Gary Short

Third Advisor

Mary Hayes

Relational Format



Bindweed and Fire is a collection of poems in three sections. The first two sections, Drought and Watermarks, contain short metrical lyrics built around images of fire and water. Sabbath, the third section is a long free-verse poetic sequence in three voices. In ekphrastic poems rich with private symbolism, the first voice attempts to refract through the prism of visual art the relationship between a father and son. Providing a counterpoint to the first, the second voice seeks to qualify, correct, and comment on the private symbolism. The third voice tries to give a wider view of the everyday lives of parent and child, their habits, their history, and the tensions at play between them.

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