Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Title

FLEX

Date of Award

2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.F.A. in Creative Writing

Department

English

First Advisor

Derrick Harriell

Second Advisor

Patrick Alexander

Third Advisor

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Relational Format

dissertation/thesis

Abstract

Within this project I have compiled a book length collection of poems entitled “FLEX” which explore questions of violence, inheritance and pastoral poetics. Taking place across the landscapes of Mississippi, The Dominican Republic, and contemporary Black masculinity FLEX serves to ask questions of what violences contributed to the speaker’s birth and what possibilities exist on the other side of such historical pain.

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