Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Date of Defense

11-18-2016

Graduate Advisor

Shane Seely, MFA

Committee

Steven Schreiner (MFA Director)

Roger Reeves, UI-Chicago

Abstract

These poems are about conflicting racial and sexual identities; they flirt with radical denial, radical despair, and radical acceptance, but not necessarily in that order. Their forms are inspired by early-to-mid twentieth century African American poetry.

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