Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Date of Defense

4-14-2017

Graduate Advisor

Shane Seely

Committee

Shane Seely

Steven Schreiner

Glenn Irwin

Abstract

Abstract

These poems are about the first hand witnessing of the Balkan war and its visceral repercussions, ripping of families across generations and continents due to religious intolerance, and an identity crisis within the diaspora of the former Yugoslav people. They interact with appeals of loss, in terms of bodies, memory, and material, despair within the identity of the self in and outside of religion, and the perception of love and belonging, but not necessarily in that order. They are largely inspired by victim story-telling, translations of conversations with natives of the former Yugoslavia and their children, and ramifications of searching for the self and a place to call home.

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