Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Dr. Beth Gylys
Dr. David Bottoms
Dr. Wayne Erickson
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.
Melilli-Hand, Jessica, "God Made the Apples, We Made the Bites." Dissertation, Georgia State University, 2015.
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