Title

Milled

Defense Date

2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

David Wojahn

Second Advisor

Kathleen Graber

Third Advisor

Bryant Mangum

Abstract

Milled is a collection of poems centered around the speaker’s maternal grandfather who dedicated his life to hard labor as a crane operator in the American steel industry, which led to his work-related illness and eventual death at the age of sixty. These poems investigate subjects that focus on: the Appalachian landscape, childhood trauma, domestic violence, and substance abuse. Such themes inform the speaker’s understanding of her own identity as a working-class queer woman who struggles to reckon with her troubled past.

Rights

© The Author

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

5-7-2019

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