Things Are Clearer Now, with Both Eyes Open: A Collection of West Virginia Poetry and How It Came to Be

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Arts and Culture Management


Arts and Culture

First Advisor

Michael Henry


Poetry, West Virginia, New formalism, Bildungsroman, Expectations, Reality, Traditional verse, Free verse, Collection


Following the creation of thirty-four poems and the revision of the fourteen included in this project, the writer discusses her inspiration, the challenges encountered during writing and revision, and her expectations after completion of the program. The reflective essay examines the process of generating and organizing multiple creative pieces for this project and suggests considerations for similar projects in the future. The collection tells the coming-of-age story of a female protagonist through her interaction with the personification of her home, West Virginia. With the help of an advisor, the author completes a project that explores various poetic techniques, touches on the utilization of New Formalist poetry in conjunction with Contemporary poetry, and provides insight into societal problems through creative allusion.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

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