Date of Award
Master of Arts
For several years, I have been moving from place to place, and at each new address, I have known precisely when I would be leaving. Though I feel that I bonded with the landscape and people of each individual locale, I never could seriously call it home. From Stevens Point, Wisconsin to Americus, Georgia to Ames, Iowa, I have been moving elsewhere at all times. The poetry I have written for Temporary Quarters demonstrates my connection with the landscape more directly, while the fiction seems to reflect more upon what I have learned about the people in each region. Perhaps most influential to my writing was the time I spent in Georgia volunteering with the nonprofit organization, Habitat for Humanity International. While there, I came into contact with countless people, some of whom inspired the work in this collection, who were concerned with or afflicted by problems of housing. These people helped me to realize that when no solid roof stands overhead, the idea of Home is attached to more momentary, yet vitally important, things, such as family, friends, the landscape, and finally the human spirit.
An anthology of short fiction and poetry by Monica Marie Kamps.
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Monica Marie Kamps
Kamps, Monica M., "Temporary quarters" (2000). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 267.