Date of Award

5-11-2015

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

English

First Advisor

Dr. Beth Gylys

Second Advisor

Dr. David Bottoms

Third Advisor

Dr. Wayne Erickson

Abstract

The poems in God Made the Apples, We Made the Bites explore resilience, love, and even celebration and wonder in the face of physical and psychological trauma of the individual, the family, and various communities (regional, religious, national, etc.). Grounded in trauma theory and neuroimaging, the poems also visit distortion, impermanence, time as a relative and unreliable human construct, troubled attempts to authenticate memory, and the paradoxical persistence of memories, symbols, relationships, and the self, even as they disintegrate.

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