Pearl Necklaces aims to excavate raw moments of connection and find beauty in the depravity of self and situation. Set in the Deep South, this collection of poems thrives on lusty nights, hard love, and the twinge of memory. The voices within range from youthful to jaded as they speak across pages, flowing into one another to create a pain-body which ultimately seeks closure in relationships with objects, family, drugs, lovers, body parts, heroes, and setting. Tuned to the lyrical voices of poets Kim Addonizio, Lynn Emanuel, and Dorianne Laux, poems such as "Learning Shapes," "Things that Make Me Feel Cool," "Can't Say Daddy, and "Don't Miss Mississippi" seek out what makes up a person as the collection continues to practice manipulation with language, tradition, and context in works like "Pearl Necklaces" and "Golden Boy." Faithfully and sarcastically, these collected poems drive to the fuzzy edges of attachment and never come back.
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Redmond, Jordan, "Pearl Necklaces" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 5333.