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Date of Award
Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)
Department or Program Affiliation
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Synonyms for Bloodline is a manuscript of poetry arising from research surrounding individual identity, adoption, mythology, race and ethnicity, trauma, as well as personal biography. The manuscript itself relays qualities of a biomythography. In this manuscript, the poems represent a made-mythology for the speaker. In creating mythology and biography through poetry, gaps in social and biographical archives may be filled, despite their so often being lost or withheld through trauma, diaspora, and systemic oppression. This manuscript is the attempt to explore the intersection of adoptive, gender, sexual and biracial identities, and that unique point of view regarding personal history and the attempt to sculpt a history out of, at times, the intangible. This ultimately manifests itself in the work through exploration of experimental mechanics and forms within poetry.
poetry, poetics, adoptee, African American, biracial, biomythography
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Identity (Psychology)--Poetry; Adoption--Poetry; Mythology--Poetry; Race--Poetry; Racially mixed people--Poetry
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Young, Tanya, "Synonyms for Bloodline" (2023). WWU Graduate School Collection. 1167.
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