Dirt Work

Date of Award

January 2019

Degree Type

Closed Access Thesis

Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English and Theatre

First Advisor

Young Smith

Department Affiliation

English and Theatre

Second Advisor

Nancy Jensen

Department Affiliation

English and Theatre

Third Advisor

Carter Sickels

Department Affiliation

English and Theatre


Dirt Work is a collection of original poetry that uses mythology, specifically Norse mythology, as a lens through which to filter personal concerns and relationships. There are eight sections, four of which are named after Norse gods, the other four being labeled "liminal space." Each named section deals with a specific person or relationship, while the liminal space sections are more generalized. Themes present include voice, loss of voice, feminism, queer theory, mythology, rural life, Appalachian identity, gender equality.

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