Tales from Respite, OH
Tales from Respite, OH is a collection of short stories set in a fictional town, in my home state of Ohio, where they are left to struggle with addiction and attraction, with mental illness and an undercurrent of murder. I like to think I’ve learned a little something from the symbolism that abounds in myth and legend. My collection has its own recurring warnings—cigarettes and broken doors warn of coming doom, while night skies and dancing speak to the possibility of happiness. If I speak to religion and religious trauma, I hope it is more evenhanded than it first appears. If nothing else though, I hope my thesis encompasses the human spirit in some way—its capacity for cruelty and self-defeat as well as the strength found in community and connection. Failing that, I hope at least to return to some small part of the world an appreciation for diner food and memory.
Date of Degree
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Program of Study
Humanities and Social Sciences
Demers, Jake. (2023). Tales from Respite, OH [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/1353/
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