The lighthouse man

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dc.contributor.advisor Didden, Katy, 1974- Young, Robert (Student at Ball State University) 2017-05-10T15:01:45Z 2017-05-10T15:01:45Z 2017-05-06
dc.description Access to thesis permanently restricted to Ball State community only. en_US
dc.description.abstract In this collection of poetry, I tell the story of The Lighthouse Man, a lighthouse keeper in a changing world. By looking at this lonely character, I explore themes of regret, longing, loss, and duty, themes I find compelling and relatable. In "The Lighthouse Man," three threads intertwine to link the whole collection together: the story of the Lighthouse Man himself told in third-person, narrative poetry, poems in the voice of the Lighthouse Man told in a more lyrical first-person, and prose poems that tell the story of Sam, a woman who breaks into the dilapidated lighthouse years after The Lighthouse Man has left. While telling these interlocking narratives, I also attempt to put two literary genres in conversation with one another. As a writer, I've always read and drawn influence from diverse sources, like the powerful voice of Sharon Olds' poetry or the flash fiction of Kim Chinquee. Because of this, I've written in many genres and styles. In this collection, I consciously wanted to play with language while also telling a cohesive narrative with developed characters. By weaving together prose with lyric poetry I ask the question: how can the friction between the two genres be harnessed? With this collection, I argue that fiction and poetry can be combined to create something even greater. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.description.tableofcontents |tOutside --|tThe lighthouse man whittled --|tThere is a lighthouse in my dreams- --|tLiving room --|tThe lighthouse man --|tKitchen --|tThe sunflowers hold me --|tThere was comfort in routine --|tThe lighthouse man was a child --|tUpstairs --|tHe held the letter like thin contraband --|tBetween --|tChewing on a piece of grass --|tThe lamp room --|tThe spirit of blue --|tWalking stick in hand, the bark rough --|ttelling the story is always the hardest part
dc.subject.lcsh Lighthouse keepers -- Poetry.
dc.title The lighthouse man en_US
dc.type Creative project (M.A.), 3 hours. Thesis (M.A.) en_US

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