Thirsty garden

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jennifer Linda Raha (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Stuart Dischell

Abstract: The poems of this collection explore issues of faith, womanhood, and what it means to be in relationship with another and in community with a place. Written predominantly in free verse, these poems seek to tell a story in the most natural way: in photographic frames, creating for the reader an experience similar to memory. Although these poems can be read independently of the others, this collection lends itself to being experienced as a lyrical story best categorized as a "bildungsroman": a coming-of-age narrative dependent upon the psychological growth of the protagonist. Thirsty Garden concentrates on a specific point in growth which is the aftermath following the transformation: the harvest ready, the speaker already in love, another relationship destroyed or put aside. These poems remind the reader that one must grow into one's past before changing course, must reckon with it. In mood, these poems range from meditative to explorative, from lyric to narrative. They are obsessive in their focus but unhurried in their search.

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Language: English
Date: 2013
American poetry $y 21st century
Coming of age $v Fiction

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