Under the River


Dale Miles

Date of Graduation

Spring 2001


Master of Arts in English



Committee Chair

Michael Burns


Under the River is a collection of poetry which has at its heart the nature of poeple and people in nature. Using both free verse and formal verse, the poems attempt to show the natural aspects of man while displaying the human aspects of nature. The central image of many of the poems is an observation of the outside world which leads to an insight into the mind of the speaker or the people in his life. This collection is the culmination of two years of writing poetry at the graduate level. Contents: Currents -- Picking -- Blue mason jar -- Better or worse? -- Driving through the bottoms at day's end -- July morning, 95 degrees -- Dust to dust -- Cuba, Missouri -- Memphis, Tennessee -- Date of birth: 11/24/74 -- Rodeo with my father -- Yellow -- Honey locusts -- Persimmon -- Confessions of a Louisiana shine runner, 1966 -- Starlings -- Another man's treasure -- Standing in your driveway at four a.m. -- Watershed -- Answers -- For the birds -- Red sky in the morning -- Paper airplanes -- Missing the boat -- Twenty percent chance -- After the hunt -- Some tips on auto maintenance -- In the bottoms.

Subject Categories

English Language and Literature


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