Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name




Committee Chair

Griner, Paul F.

Author's Keywords

Original poetry


American poetry


Inspired by William Butler Years and his theory that "A poet...never speaks directly as to someone at the breakfast table…" from "A General Introduction for My Work" this poetic thesis examines everyday occurrences in an often conversational tone. Devoid of overly descriptive of heavy language, it is an intentional deviation from the typical poetic dogma. These poems cover such events as death, cemeteries, the end and beginning of various relationships, coffee cups, and old houses. The common strand is not necessarily in theme but comes instead from voice and style. The power of this poetry is intended to come from the way in which things are said, not the words used to say them. Additionally, the reader should gain an almost immediate understanding of the work than need poetic interpretive skills to gain access to meaning.