Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Date of Defense

4-24-2015

Graduate Advisor

Steven Schreiner, PhD.

Committee

Shane Seely

Glenn Irwin

Abstract

“Darkness of Draws” is a collection of poems that I have written and compiled over a period of years before and during my time in the M.F.A. program. I have interwoven and overlapped themes drawn from my life, of mental illness and religion experienced within the tightly knit boundaries of family; to my dual life as a fine artist working in the genres of painting and sculpture; to the complexities of intimate love relationships, as well as my historical roots in Southern California and the settings of my every day observations where people, places and things become imagistic in form, otherwise standing the test of time through memory and recovery.

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