Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
English Language and Literatures
This thesis uses poetry to explore the history of my childhood neighborhood Bluefield, which lies outside of the city of Johnsonville. Several factors have gone into the writing of this manuscript: interviewing elders of the neighborhood; researching land deeds; conducting water and soil samples to explore the possibility of environmental causes of high cancer rates; and exploring my individual grief and the collective grief of an aging and dying community. Bluefield is a community that is Southern, predominately Black, and low income; the voices of its residences, along with my poetic voice, pervade the manuscript, which includes elegies for the dead and monologues from surviving members of the community.
Bartell, J. S.(2014). Bluefield. (Master's thesis). Retrieved from https://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/2653
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