Blue Heat Burning follows three generations of women (maternal grandmother, mother, and daughter) as they navigate depression, domestic violence, single motherhood, poverty, and homelessness. At the center of their family history is a legacy where addiction is an inherited trait, and suicide is always a solution. The poems in the thesis examine the connections between the three women, starting with the speaker and her grandmother—a grandmother who committed suicide just months after her granddaughter was named in her honor. With a focus on intergenerational trauma, mental health issues, and the gendered impacts of socioeconomic inequities on single mothers and their troubled daughters, Blue Heat Burning examines how a daughter both carries and breaks generational curses passed down by her mother and grandmother.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
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Masters Thesis (Campus-only Access)
Wolff, Mary, "Blue Heat Burning" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1116.
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