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Positionality Matters: School Choice Decisions Based On Ethnographic Accounts Of African American Parents, Dr. Stacy L. Thomas Apr 2019

Positionality Matters: School Choice Decisions Based On Ethnographic Accounts Of African American Parents, Dr. Stacy L. Thomas

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This research delves into experiences with reasoning and selected criteria for choosing the right school for their children. Beginning with a series of vignettes that assist with recognition of parental empowerment, this research archives acknowledgement of their own positionality when it comes to making life changing decisions. As selected parents of African American children grapple with the strategic balance and possibilities of educational outlets, family and finances, they offer ethnographic accounts of their successes and failures with school choice. Individual accounts of parental school choice decisions posing as data ascertained from interviews provided research that explored the critical frequencies and ...


The Body Mends Itself, Hannah Elizabeth Dow Aug 2017

The Body Mends Itself, Hannah Elizabeth Dow

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The following poems were completed by the author between September 2014 and April 2017.


18 Dorset Ct., Allison Catherine Campbell Aug 2016

18 Dorset Ct., Allison Catherine Campbell

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The following poems and essays were completed by the author between October 2012 and April 2016.


Material Matters, Thomas George Holmes May 2016

Material Matters, Thomas George Holmes

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Material Matters is a collection of original poems written by Thomas G. Holmes, while a doctoral student at The University of Southern Mississippi. The poems explore the materiality of writing.


Quarry: Poems, Christina Ann Rothenbeck Aug 2015

Quarry: Poems, Christina Ann Rothenbeck

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A book-length poetry manuscript including poems about hunting, illness, domesticity, illness, girlhood, and the body.


The Knowledge Weapon: Ways Of Knowing, Annette Christine Boehm May 2015

The Knowledge Weapon: Ways Of Knowing, Annette Christine Boehm

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This collection of poems explores the language of knowledge and instruction. While it can provide a sense of security, what we are given as ‘knowledge’ is frequently unreliable or even misleading, and used much like a weapon.


This Animal, Elena Therese Tomorowitz May 2014

This Animal, Elena Therese Tomorowitz

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This Animal is a poetic narrative about humans’ animalistic instincts and how we use them to navigate our relationships with others and the world around us.


Ornithology And Apparent Magnitude, Sarah Michelle Wynn May 2013

Ornithology And Apparent Magnitude, Sarah Michelle Wynn

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Ornithology and Apparent Magnitude is a collection of poems with a critical preface.


The Principle Of Flickering, Laura K. Donnelly Jan 2011

The Principle Of Flickering, Laura K. Donnelly

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The Principle of Flickering is a collection of poems that map our endeavors to survive and make sense of the flux of the world. The title poem introduces the reader to the ways the collection will approach this survival - through the poem's movement into and out of the frames of other art forms, its process of filtering a collage of voices, and its attempts to momentarily apprehend and still sources of internal and external chaos. Subsequent poems continue this engagement with survival in a variety of ways, including a lyrical study of the evolution of finches ("Darwin's Finches ...


Daimon, Miranda Foster Merklein Aug 2010

Daimon, Miranda Foster Merklein

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The following creative dissertation is a book of 57 poems.


The Son's Return, Gary Charles Wilkens May 2010

The Son's Return, Gary Charles Wilkens

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This dissertation is a collection of poems accompanied by a critical preface.


The Nightingale Of Austerlitz, Lindsay Marianna Walker May 2010

The Nightingale Of Austerlitz, Lindsay Marianna Walker

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The Nightingale of Austerlitz employs poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to articulate the theme of (mis)communication. A pliable, multi-genre approach was necessary to convey the urgency of two central characters’ desire to connect despite the impossibility of doing so. Prose interrupts and challenges the set precision of poetry in order to embody the stops and starts—the literal and figurative breakdowns—of communication. The juxtaposition of genres dramatizes dialogue, silence, affective distance, and desire. Song, sound, repetition (using lullaby, referencing music, thematizing the ear) further assert the power of language as performance and aesthetics as consolation, and provoke a particular ...


Upstate Roadkill Memorial Service, Scott Christian Fynboe May 2010

Upstate Roadkill Memorial Service, Scott Christian Fynboe

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Upstate Roadkill Memorial Service is a collection of poems that examines death and mortality and includes a critical preface.


Neon Allegiance, Jason Paul Olsen Dec 2009

Neon Allegiance, Jason Paul Olsen

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This collection of thirty-one poems is built around my personal search for place, the idea of "home," and how it is relationship more than mere geography that defines the places one encounters in a life. In these poems, that idea of "home" ties back to intimate relationships with family and friends, but also with relationships involving culture—both historical and popular—as a whole.

The collection itself is a pastiche of strategies and stylizations, united by a defined and consistent voice. The geographic locations vary—from Las Vegas (where the largest number of poems and energy are focused) to stops ...


Night Field Anecdote, William Garrett Wright Aug 2009

Night Field Anecdote, William Garrett Wright

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Night Field Anecdote is an original collection of forty-one poems accompanied by a critical introduction.


For The Stadium Vendor, Richard Andrew Boada May 2009

For The Stadium Vendor, Richard Andrew Boada

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FOR THE STADIUM VENDOR is an original collection of fifty poems accompanied by a preface.


The Naming Of Strays, Erin Elizabeth Smith May 2009

The Naming Of Strays, Erin Elizabeth Smith

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The Naming of Strays is a collection of poems that deal with issues of place, gender power, sexual fidelity, and transience. While the majority of the poems are written in free verse, the dissertation also features a handful of formal poems including sonnets, sestinas, and prose poetry. n


Issaquah In January, Daniel Walter Morris May 2009

Issaquah In January, Daniel Walter Morris

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ISSAQUAH IN JANUARY is an original collection of fifty-one poems accompanied by a preface.


Petticoat Government: Poems And Essays, Tiffany Ann Noonan May 2009

Petticoat Government: Poems And Essays, Tiffany Ann Noonan

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Petticoat Government is a collection of poems and essays that draw upon the varied lexicons of science, mythology, sports, literature, travel, art, fashion, and popular culture in an attempt to understand what deliminates womanhood. Using a mix of traditional and contemporary forms, these texts seek to complicate the myriad—and often conflicting—models of femaleness and the female body.


Homefront, Stacy Elaine Pratt Dec 2008

Homefront, Stacy Elaine Pratt

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This collection of poetry and essays explores the nature of marriage, time, and human experience. Many of the pieces center on the author's experience as the wife of a soldier deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Others use scientific and mathematical imagery to illustrate spiritual concepts.


Intimacy, Elizabeth Knapp Jun 2008

Intimacy, Elizabeth Knapp

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In one of his finest poems, "Asphodel, That Greeny Flower," William Carlos Williams writes: "It is difficult / to get the news from poems / but men die miserably everyday / for lack / of what is found there." Earlier, his contemporary, W.H. Auden, had made his famous claim that "poetry makes nothing happen." While the views of the two great modernists appear to be at odds with each other, they are in fact two sides of the same argument, the yin and yang at the center of all true art. For what these poets saw as critical to both their work and ...


Parliament Of Owls, Allison Renee Riddles May 2008

Parliament Of Owls, Allison Renee Riddles

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In this work of poems, I experiment with different forms (villanelles, sonnets, cinquains, sestinas, prose poems, and free verse) to create an original accompanying space for the existence of my speakers. I also use many of my poems to illustrate moments, feelings, and scenarios of relationships as well as place new perspectives on poems based on the work of other poets. Parliament of Owls provides an array of vistas on relationships, loneliness, and triumph.


We Become Delicate Boats: Poems And Essays, Deja Anne Earley May 2008

We Become Delicate Boats: Poems And Essays, Deja Anne Earley

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My collection of poems and essays, We Become Delicate Boats, takes inspiration from a broad range of sources that shift into each other: paintings, pop culture, literary figures, dreams, relationships, faith, family, history. For example, some poems throw together unexpected bedfellows, like Kafka's Gregor Samsa and Marie Antoinette; others are anecdotal, like one that describes going on a blind date with a man who actually turns out to be blind, some re-imagine stories we already know, like one in the voice of Medusa, talking about which occasions call for her various snake "wigs." Although quite a few pieces are ...


Rain Town, Melanie Crow Aug 2006

Rain Town, Melanie Crow

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My project, a collection of poetry, examines both loss and transformation. Personal loss informs the poems, but the work also addresses how the speaker is accorded insight into the world because of loss and is transformed. The work takes into account mythology, science, and the act of writing in order to understand what it means to live in mutability. Many of the poems demonstrate an acute awareness of the body. Robert Lowell and Jorie Graham are both writers who have informed my poems in this way; both explore a dual consciousness of loss and renewal and both represent moments of ...


Hatchery Of Tongues, Michael Wallace Bassett May 2006

Hatchery Of Tongues, Michael Wallace Bassett

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Hatchery of Tongues is a collection of poems accompanied by a critical introduction.


Worry, Kristen Tracy Aug 2005

Worry, Kristen Tracy

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The poems that make up Worry investigate themes of feminine struggle, identity, and survival. They move at a fast pace, and many of the metaphors are drawn from the animal kingdom.


Starlight Drive, William R. Reynolds Jr. Jun 2005

Starlight Drive, William R. Reynolds Jr.

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Starlight Drive is a book-length manuscript of poems that reflects my abiding interest in how poetry can use the fiction writer's tools, such as characterization and setting, without sacrificing the beauty of the lyric. Like Rodney Jones, I write about my north Alabama childhood filtered through the lens of my adult life here in the Midwest. My field of perception does not begin in a cotton field like Jones', but on a cul-de-sac in a middle-class neighborhood of Huntsville, where my father was an engineer for NASA. The poems in my manuscript show my protagonist moving through a landscape ...


Mothers Of Us All: When Does Political Message Take Precedence Over Art In Some Modern And Contemporary Women’S Poetry, Shanda Hansma Blue Easterday Aug 2004

Mothers Of Us All: When Does Political Message Take Precedence Over Art In Some Modern And Contemporary Women’S Poetry, Shanda Hansma Blue Easterday

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This dissertation contains an essay with the above title, as well as two sections of poems. The first section of poems is entitled Maria Sibylla Merian, Artist and Naturalist , and is a collection of poems about, and in the voice of, Merian. Many of these are what are known as personna poems. The second section of poems is entitled The Beekeeper's Wife , and uses autobiography as a framework for communicating the humor in human relationships, and for illustrating the surrealism in the human race's relationships with the natural world.

My research for my essay entailed the study of ...


Dear Beyond, Kirsten Hemmy Aug 2004

Dear Beyond, Kirsten Hemmy

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My project. Dear Beyond, a collection of poetry, examines the connection between landscape—both internal and external, or private and public—and environment. My poetry reflects my own unique background and my struggles with emplacement, or the placing of oneself in any particular landscape. It aims to challenge dominant paradigms of voice, expression, and even inquiry; it questions traditional, systematic forms of inquiry such as the Cartesian idea of an essential separation between object and subject. Culture and landscape, I have discovered, manifest themselves everywhere, in variegated forms: in spaciousness or intimacy, in internal and external contexts, in tactile experiences ...


Strange Blessing, Gabrielle A. Halko Dec 2001

Strange Blessing, Gabrielle A. Halko

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