Date of Award

Fall 12-16-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Dr. Anna Leahy

Second Advisor

Dr. Genevieve Kaplan

Third Advisor

Dr. Joanna Levin


The various sections of this thesis are interconnected by a sense of inescapable misery. The second section works as a bridge in that sense, connecting the misery of home and abroad. Quite fittingly, W.E.B. du Bois, who toward the end of his life acquired Ghanaian citizenship (he died and is buried in Ghana), serves as the major influence from which the connective (t)issues explored in the various sections are drawn. After the du Bois tradition of examining shared black experiences, the bridge section (II) of the thesis has his words for a title. At the heart of these poems and within the pursuit of a clear image lies the question posed by W.E.B. du Bois in The Souls of Black Folk, “For where in the world may we go and be safe from lying and brute force?”