Love has funny faces
This thesis, a collection of one poem and four essays, explores emotional and physical neglect, isolation, and alienation. The collection opens with the poem "Phantasmagoria," in which a kaleidoscope of childhood memories drives a woman to seek the safety of her father's affections well into adulthood. In the essay "Pollywogs, a Dog, and a Broken Pencil," a young girl stands in awe of pollywogs while in the basement a family pet is neglected to the point of death. In "Court Adjourned," a young girl is made to choose one parent over another in a custody hearing. In "I Wanted to Dance," an emotionally withdrawn young woman is confronted with the suicidal impulses of a fellow serviceman. The collection closes with "I Can't Hear You," in which a middle aged woman is silenced by a barrage of loud newscasts and a family that can't hear. These works seek to reveal the less favorable faces of love along with the pure and hopeful.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences;Essays;Hess, Terry L
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Hess, Terry L., "Love has funny faces" (2000). HIM 1990-2015. 184.