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Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)
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English-Creative Writing (MFA)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Trueblood, Kathryn R., 1960-
Tending to is a collection that explores the ways that grief often shapeshifts. It utilizes fragmentation, distorted images, memory, and a myriad of forms to investigate what it means to toe the line between the living and the dead—to oscillate between love and loss in spaces that are often blurred, abandoned, neglected, or forgotten. It asks readers to not just live in these uncomfortable spaces, but to bloom from them as they go from page to page: to ask themselves what they tend to, whether that be the living, the dead, or something else entirely. And, just as the gaps often found in the poems and the pages, this collection gives readers space—it invites them, at the very end, to take in some air.
tending to, tending, grief, shapeshift, love, poetry, poems, formal poetry, tenderness, ghosts
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Poetry--Social aspects; Emotions in literature; Death in literature
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Atkinson, Brittany, "Tending to" (2022). WWU Graduate School Collection. 1102.
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