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dc.contributor.advisor Pankey, Eric Porter, Kirsten
dc.creator Porter, Kirsten 2013-05-02 2013-09-13T15:34:23Z 2018-09-13T06:35:27Z 2013-09-13
dc.description.abstract The poems in this autobiographical collection explore the brokenness of family. I asked myself what does it mean to be a part of a family, to live in a family that is broken apart? I began this project with the belief that much of my material would take on the difficult task of writing about trauma that created fracture in my own family’s make-up. Marital separation, abuse, illness, death; these struggles seemed to be the cause of my family’s brokenness. Yet, what I found as I wrote was that trauma itself is not really responsible for the dysfunction in a family. It is in the aftermath of a crisis when individuals in a family must decide how to deal with the offending issues and interact with one another that will determine if the family will survive the breakage. My poems probe the individual relationships within my family under the strain of fracture.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject family en_US
dc.subject brokenness en_US
dc.subject trauma en_US
dc.subject relationships en_US
dc.subject autobiography en_US
dc.subject healing en_US
dc.title A Family Apart en_US
dc.type Thesis en Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing en_US Master's en Creative Writing en George Mason University en

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