Date of Award

Spring 4-16-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts - English



First Advisor

Dr. Sara Henning

Second Advisor

Dr. Mark Sanders

Third Advisor

Dr. Owen Smith

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Tasker-Davis


My collection, Mother/God, attempts to look at my own growing up and how it has affected my beliefs and self in the presence, while also looking at the choices my mother made in raising me. The central thread throughout the collection is my relationship with my mother and the love that's endured those hardships. It explores my mother's past up until the hardest parts of motherhood in section one, The Mother. Then, section two titled The Daughter focuses on my own rebellion of how I was raised and an exploration of existentialism that was, in a lot of ways, fueled by my religious upbringing. The Creator section ends the collection with a sort of acceptance in my relationship with my mother and a settling-into of my own identity, while also closing on my own beliefs as seen in the final existential poem, “Revelations, The Book.” The imagery of the collection is grounded both in memories of growing up and different scenarios from the Bible.

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