Thesis Title

Light In Rivers

Date of Graduation

Spring 1994

Degree

Master of Arts in English

Department

English

Committee Chair

Michael Burns

Subject Categories

English Language and Literature

Abstract

This collection of poems is a sampling of my work from the past five years. It includes considerations of relationships, aging and the Ozark environment that have so influenced my life. Contents: Shadows in the hills -- Al Trotter thinks about the Ozark Mountain bypass -- Fire clogging with Newton County neighbors -- Traces of White River -- Small town -- Branson tourists -- At the lakeshore -- Three miles from Table Rock, close to the sound -- Light in rivers underground -- Optical illusions -- Gene and Janine meet again -- Pastiche lady -- Knowing when to stop -- Leaving Newton County -- He almost did all the right things -- Gideon's coin laundromat -- When she first knew -- The matter with men -- Quit while you're ahead -- The saleswoman remembers her dream -- Take Mother's advice? -- Satyricon sweetheart -- Emily stands by Lonnie -- Dying light -- Ruby thought she was being a fool to nearly die -- What I saw while searching for morels near the Wolf River Bridge -- Aunt Lil -- Growing up near the reservation -- I never had a single thought -- Motherhood -- End of the morning workout -- Fourth of July when I thought my father was old -- Time between seasons -- Sanitary needs -- Goodwill -- Washington Park in June -- The way to die in Cajun John's.

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© Kathryn Buckstaff

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