Date of Award
USM Access Thesis
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Jeanne Marie Beaumont
This collection of poems consists of work touching on, to borrow a line, my pervasive theme of ashes. As a necropastoral, the poems contained herein work to complicate the narrative of the Midwest as the wholesome breadbasket of Mayberry America, and to break the complicit silence around open-enrollment education as a throw-away social experiment. Into this work I have poured my experiences, lived and observed, of Kansas, of teaching English at a community college, of marginal poverty, and of existing as a woman in this moment in America. To do this, both open and closed forms have been put to use, along with found poetry and collage.
Mydosh, Heather Dawn, "When the Redbud Wilts" (2019). Stonecoast MFA. 74.