Date of Award
Campus Access Thesis
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Suji Kwock Kim
This collection of poems explores the cultural, historical, and emotional geography of rural Western Pennsylvania. Some poems map this terrain in terms of industry: steel mills, coal mining, mushroom mining, chemical plants, the Cambria Iron Works. Others chart space by means of historical events--such as the Johnstown Flood--ancestry, relationships, and childhood memories. Ultimately these poems seek to capture the ghost of a region whose industry has vanished, whose population dwindles, and whose memory is increasingly amnesiac.
Harris, Michele Lynn, "Blackdamp" (2011). Graduate Masters Theses. Paper 57.