Volta: The Daughters and the Mothers in the Kingdom of the Sons

Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Closed Access

Degree Name

MFA in Writing

First Advisor

Maire Howe


After thirty years of a recurring nightmare, the poet turns toward it. Face-to-face with her fears, these poems seek to turn tormentors into mentors. This thesis explores how women have been turned into various animals by myths, Ovid's Metamorphoses, medical histories, violent ways of knowing, and even her own dreams. At the site of the wound, she's after a Volta, a sharp turning point. Listening in the deep thickets of psyche, these poems re-enter myths through the side door, heading for artwork, dreamwork, and the animal kingdom to help sense the primal plights and sacred survivals of daughters and mothers in the kingdom of patriarchy.

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