Date of Award
Master of Arts - English
Dr. Christine Butterworth-McDermott
Dr. Steven Marsden
Dr. Sarah Henning
Dr. Anne Smith
My collection, Arc, is about the struggle to become a human being and to find one’s own identity. Also, it is about how humans fall apart and come together on a regular basis – that we must find forgiveness – we must learn to love in even the most difficult circumstances – and we must, above all, continue to grow, and challenge our personal limits. Life does not contain us –it welcomes us – and that is part of the message I seek to convey through my writing. The imagery in my writing is grounded in my memories of my childhood and my experience growing up in a conservative, religious, affluent family while remaining a closeted gay woman until I was 35 years old. My imagery deals with masks and costumes that protect our true selves from being seen – to protect ourselves from judgment, criticism or condemnation. My poetry also speaks to my love of nature both in the Texas Hill Country where I was raised and in the East Texas woods where spent summers with my grandparents. My poetry follows the “arc” of my life from my earliest memories to the present.
Fountain, Lisa, "Arc" (2017). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 144.
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