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Wolf's Daughter Writes Home

Title: The Wolf's Daughter Writes Home.
Name(s): Reese, Rita Mae, author
Kirby, David, professor directing thesis
Hamby, Barbara, committee member
Stuckey-French, Elizabeth, committee member
Hawkins, Hunt, committee member
Department of English, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2003
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: For me, there has always been a wolf at the edge of the woods, watching and waiting. My sister often cried wolf, trying to shape reality into words that fit her emotional desperation. The rest of my family simply agreed not to speak of the wolf. It is not that we believe it will go away if we don't address it; speaking of the wolf simply seemed somehow weak, definitely futile, and painfully self-indulgent. The wolf is sometimes hunger, sometimes depression, sometimes alcoholism, sometimes loneliness or fear or anger or the past or the present or the future, or anything at all that reduces us to less than the fragile concept of ourselves that we had each glued together, so alone and so patiently, each time it was smashed. But there is always a wolf, always watching. My family tried to starve the wolf by denying it language, but that only served to make it more cunning and more fierce. Poetry has helped me to gaze back at the wolf and see myself and the world in her. The wolf at the edge of the woods is what Lorca called duende, the shadow of death that reminds me that I am alive. The wolf is our escort into the woods. It is silence but it is also language itself. The wolf watches, not just me or my family, but everyone. It protects and nurtures us, but stalks us too. Words can devour us. It is through this devouring, this annihilation, that we can be reborn. We carry words around inside our heads and mouths like we own them; we have them at our fingertips like they are dogs on leashes. But it is words that make us kneel and beg. And they can blow our houses down.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-1911 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis Submitted to the Department of English in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2003.
Date of Defense: May 16, 2003.
Keywords: Poetry
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory committee: David Kirby, Professor Directing Thesis; Barbara Hamby, Committee Member; Elizabeth Stuckey-French, Committee Member; Hunt Hawkins, Committee Member.
Subject(s): English literature
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Owner Institution: FSU

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