Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2020

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

Major

Creative Writing and Environment

First Advisor

Debra Marquart

Abstract

"All the places I wish I died' is an introspection and a rumination of the fragmented body and mind of the mentally ill. The book explores the varied and ubiquitous landscape of mental illness for those infected. Nothing is off-limits: relationships, jobs, service trips, religion, therapy, natural settings--even home is painful and dangerous. Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and Avoidant-Borderline Personality Disorder influence every poem and experience. The pictures show the gaps in the narrative where the poems don't go: old houses, hotel rooms, restaurants, schools, and possible futures. While the poems mostly fixate on a past, they simultaneously leave instructions for healing. As the poet discovers, art and hope drive exploration and any chance at recovery.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-20200624-213

Copyright Owner

Crystal Stone

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

82 pages

Available for download on Thursday, June 16, 2022

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