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Paydazed and a Song for Shenandoah


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Title: Paydazed and a Song for Shenandoah
Author: Vargas, Richard R.
Advisor(s): Warner, Sharon Oard
Committee Member(s): Warner, Sharon Oard
Mueller, Dan
Romero, Levi
Gomez, Laura
Mares, E.A. "Tony"
Department: University of New Mexico. Dept. of English
Subject: poetry
creative non-fiction
working class
LC Subject(s): Poetry--Authorship
American poetry--21st century
American essays--21st century
Race in literature
Social classes in literature
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: My dissertation consists of poetry and two non-fiction essays written during my enrollment in the Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts program at the University of New Mexico. The manuscript begins with an essay detailing the moment in my life when I started to write again, after a writer‟s block that lasted fifteen years, from 1980-1995. The following sections of poetry deal with issues that I consider to be main themes throughout my entire body of work: race and class. I specifically explore what it is like to be Latino and working-class at a time when the depressed economy has led to a loss of jobs not seen since the Great Depression of the 1930s. I give the reader my thoughts and feelings during these times of fear and racial divide, with the hope of shedding light on the common stake we all share as human beings. I close with an essay about the childhood memories I have growing up with a parent who was an addict, and how I came to realize my bitter feelings of abandonment were not the total summation of the relationship I had with my father.
Graduation Date: December 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12989
Item Available: 2099-12-17

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