English Language and Literature ETDs

Publication Date

7-11-2013

Abstract

The Verging Cities is a collection of poems about the sister cities of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua México. It is divided into four sections. The first takes place mostly in a domestic sphere exploring the relationship between the speaker and Angel. The second explores the violence of the cities from femicide to drug cartels and the effects this has on the speaker. The third is an extended poem that lyrically examines marriages and immigration through traditional epithalamia. The fourth becomes explicitly about the two cities and explores themes built around the word verge.

Degree Name

MFA Creative Writing

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

English

First Advisor

Chavez, Lisa

First Committee Member (Chair)

Jesse, Aleman

Second Committee Member

Tapahonso, Luci

Third Committee Member

Martin, Greg

Language

English

Keywords

borders, U.S.-Mexico Relations, Latina, Undocumented Immigration, El Paso, Texas, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua Mexico, Femicide, Drug Cartels, Drug War, Epithalamium, Verge

Document Type

Dissertation

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