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Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Magee, Kelly, 1976-
Anderson, Katherine J.
True Orchard is a poetic investigation into labor, or, a collection about what we reap and what we sow. The first section, “sowing seeds,” considers the poet’s first encounters with labor. Informed by experience and observation, the poems witness the difficulty of employment, especially underpaid physically demanding jobs. These pieces also grapple with formative moments in the poet’s relationships with herself, her family, and her partner. Ultimately these formed a worldview rooted in the body’s work. The second section, “spreading roots,” moves toward growth and the ways in which we orient ourselves in the world as it changes around us. True Orchard focuses on the growth of the self. While grappling with the experience of interiority, this collection tracks the work and rewards of family ties, relationships, employment, and the ordeal of being alive.
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Academic theses; Lyric poetry
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Thompson, Ashley, "True Orchard: Poems" (2022). WWU Graduate School Collection. 1095.
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