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Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)
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English - MFA Creative Writing
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Miller, Brenda, 1959-
Beasley, Bruce, 1958-
Metzger, Mary Janell
How do we interact with forces that both terrify and fascinate us? Between Fight and Flight, a collection of lyric creative nonfiction essays and poems, explores personal experiences of phobias and audacities. Personal phobias situate themselves within the context of larger events that have shaped 2020-21. More significantly, these pieces attempt to articulate the almost imperceptible shift between fearing something and finding beauty within it. The essays and poems come into conversation with each other about the way these fears can plant the seeds for even the smallest acts of boldness.
My writing centers on themes of family and the natural world, often interrogating collisions between the two. Several pieces focus on my relationship with my mother, my first and strongest teacher of natural landscapes in the Pacific Northwest. She became an essential collaborator during this project, contributing interviews and original art to complement several of the written pieces. The illustrations found within this manuscript are hers.
creative nonfiction, poetry, lyric essay, nature, phobia, audacity, family
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Creative nonfiction; Lyric poetry; Families in literature; Nature in literature
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Higinbotham, Katie, "Between Fight and Flight: Essays and Poems" (2021). WWU Graduate School Collection. 1022.
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