Thesis Title

Blood Work


Daniel Newell

Date of Graduation

Spring 2008


Master of Arts in English



Committee Chair

Jane Hoogestraat


poetry, personal narrative, dramatic monologue, elegy, ode

Subject Categories

English Language and Literature


BLOOD WORK is a collection of poems I have written over the last six years. Though I hold three undergraduate degrees (English, Theatre, Philosophy), I chose to pursue graduate studies in Creative Writing to try to improve my poetry. The career path I am attempting is in entertainment, so this Master's Degree will probably not be used in any of my future vocations. It was simply something I wanted. It has been quite profitable for me to be able to work on this degree without the burden of thinking about getting a job in the field or if employers will be impressed with where I went to school or my GPA. This degree is a luxury. BLOOD WORK features poems about familial struggles, issues of faith, love and unavoidable death. The poems take place in old homes from my past, the apartments I used to manage and other places around Southwest Missouri.

BLOOD WORK is divided into four sections. The first section is entitled AUGUST POEMS and these are poems about my younger times. Next is OCTOBER POEMS, which is a collection of poems centered on the ghost month, and others about the unknown. NOVEMBER POEMS comes next, and is a group of poems featuring all that is sacred to me, and lastly SOLSTICE POEMS is the last section, and features poetry from colder places.


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