Title

Milled

DOI

https://doi.org/10.25772/92G4-J253

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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