Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Dark Continent is a collection of poetry centering on a concurrent chronology of the poet and a fictional character named Mandrake, who is an expression of the poet’s psychic territory. This work explores the nature of growing up in Zimbabwe, the duality of the self, the self in relation to danger, and how the self can be lost within the larger continent of the psyche. The work employs both formal and free verse structures, which serves to heighten the duality of the perception of the speaker in relation to the idea of tradition.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
May, Jonathan O., "Dark Continent" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 170.