Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Title

Rooted Down

Identifier

154

Date

2010

Date of Award

12-1-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Major

Creative Writing

Committee Chair

John Bensko

Committee Member

Theron Britt

Abstract

ABSTRACT Dunning, Wesley Garret. MFA. The University of Memphis. December 2010. Rooted Down. Major Professor: John Bensko.These poems recall a forgotten place—the old Buntyn neighborhood in Memphis and its outlying country, filled with ancient oaks, gospel songs, chattering bluebirds, but also the dilapidated row homes and overgrown grasses of a town nearly dead. It’s the town of my grandparents, here modeled in Nelda and Wyatt, their grandson Clay, old neighbors and friends from Marston Drive, and three generations of family, whose histories have crawled somewhere inside me and made themselves at home. These poems examine the distances between familial relationships. They aim to show my family roots and how, for better or worse, we can never break free of the places we’re from.

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Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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