Date of Award

5-1-2013

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Creative Writing

First Advisor

Jordan, Judy

Abstract

Deer Hunting in Baghdad is a collection of poems dealing with both autobiographical and fictional responses to death. The collection includes poems that primarily address the period closely following the death of the author's father, as well as poems that focus on a largely fictional narrative centered around the character of the author's brother. These poems explore the journey of the brother character through his participation in the second Iraq war, and a subsequent delusion that causes him to convince himself that his father had never died. These poems focus on themes of family, death, religion, trauma, survival, and PTSD.

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