Title

Dissolution

Date of Completion

2016

Thesis Type

College of Arts and Science Honors

Department

English

First Advisor

Major Jackson

Keywords

poetry, heroin, documentary poetics, free verse, vermont, creative

Abstract

In light of the heroin epidemic in Vermont, there have been varied responses that render the crisis in black and white, offering an oversimplified portrait of victims and perpetrators, users and dealers, right and wrong. In Dissolution, I present a collection of poems based on my personal experience of the heroin epidemic as it affected and continues to affect my hometown. The collection explores various forms and ultimately interweaves lyric narrative performative style with documentary poetics. Through this fusion of styles, Dissolution focuses on turning a humanizing eye towards the crisis, the effects, and the affected.

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