Master of Fine Arts
Date of Defense
The poems that appear in this collection explore, more than anything, the conversation of loss—loss of children, certainly, but also the loss of humanity, of the inherent goodness people are born with and then, somehow, discard along the way. Someone once said these poems are unmistakably feminine, and I consider that both a compliment and a testament to their ability to navigate the subjects of family, class divides, and rape culture.
Henson, Candise Whitley, "Autobiography of Heavy Water" (2015). Theses. 83.