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dc.contributor.author Johnston, Emily R.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-15T00:17:18Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-15T00:17:18Z
dc.date.issued 2007-05
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11122/5719
dc.description Thesis (M.F.A.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2007 en_US
dc.description.abstract The poems in 'Walks with Her Hands' reflect a female persona tracing the origins of her sexuality, as one might trace her way along a dark corridor using her hands. The persona makes this journey through exploring a range of landscapes as well as relationships with both family and lovers. In Section I, the persona comes to terms with an absent father, a failed marriage, and her experience working with other abused women. In Section II, the persona steps back in time to consider how an emotionally distant mother has further estranged the persona from her sexuality. The persona begins to find herself in Section III through romantic relationships with women. The subject of this section, however, is a controlling lover who stilts the persona's coming out experience. By Section IV, the persona has come full circle, back to the abuse theme in Section I. She enters into an abusive relationship with a different woman, but through this experience, the persona overcomes past relationships and more fully understands herself. Throughout the emotional turbulence in each section, an underlying calm exists. A steady pace, like walking, allows the reader to self-reflect alongside the persona. en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents Stories -- I. Husbands -- I keep my father's secret -- After 3:30 in the morning -- Woman's mouth -- Gift -- When you've done it -- What I didn't -- Ambition, my cousin -- July -- A woman in the restaurant -- On mornings like this at the shelter -- Hot chocolate -- Letter to Joe : -- Backbone -- II : Mother -- Unconditional -- The photograph -- Baking angel food -- Restroom : SFO, 1998 -- Straightening -- Swapping skins -- III : Her -- Mail plane to Nome, Alaska -- Anecdote of the leaf -- Outing -- Finally, throwing your sweater out the window -- Imagining a lover -- Dreaming of you at the Sahara Café -- For now -- Directions -- IV : Walks with her hands -- The new lover -- Reading hugo by the river -- Come on by -- Party -- You are my bitch -- Poetry in the gym -- Therapy -- Girls' room -- Ecstasy in the grocery store -- After birth -- Highway 2 : you're my thrill -- Walking back to the river -- August -- Dusk in Fairbanks -- March. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.title Walks with her hands en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.type.degree mfa en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of English en_US


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