Theses and Dissertations


Dzukogi, Saddiq

Committee Member

Hagenston, Becky

Committee Member

Pierce, Catherine

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Visible MSU only 2 years

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only



Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


College of Arts and Sciences


Department of English


Life is dynamic, shaped by various factors defining personal narratives. Privilege, linked to aspects such as race, socioeconomic status, gender, sexuality, and identity, significantly influences life paths. This collection explores the experiences of a queer woman in the American South. Amidst intense emotions, her journey traverses love, hate, and transformation themes in her ever-changing existence. The collection delves into pivotal moments in the protagonist's life, encompassing her quest for self-discovery regarding her sexuality, challenging familial relationships, and intricate interactions with men. It also delves into her enduring pursuit of illumination and solace in a world of perpetual change and uncertainty. Throughout the collection, certain poems employ metaphors to deepen understanding of life events. The intended audience includes women and queer individuals in the American South, aiming to resonate with their unique experiences. The poems showcase unconventional styles, reflecting the unfiltered thoughts of the narrator—often intricate and driven by inner necessity.