Title

Desaguar

Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Noah E Gordon

Second Advisor

Sidney Goldfarb

Third Advisor

Emma Perez

Abstract

This thesis speaks of where I come from and who I am. I was born in El Paso, Texas. I lived part of my childhood in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. This thesis contains poems and short prose blocks/poems that explore and retread the displaced, lost and assimilated. Some of the material, images and ideas come back and forth between pieces. I hope that this repetition creates tension and cohesion. This thesis attempts to answer the following questions (among others): what does Ciudad Juarez mean to me now? What spaces do men and women occupy in my writing? What do I do with my grandfather, now dead? What future is possible for my daughter? What life am I writing for my daughter? Where is belonging?

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