In the Weeds
In the Weeds is a collection of poems that explores the complexities of grief and hatred. The poems walk through the seven stages of grief—shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, testing, and acceptance—as the poet discovers how to live with herself through shame, how to forgive herself and others, and how to see a future past the debilitating hatred. Minnesota serves as a landscape backdrop for many of the poems, and as metaphor for the seemingly endless emotion of hatred the poet finds herself in. While working through the hate to find a future, the voice explores the possibility of leaving and staying, letting humor and surrealist images guide her. At Acceptance, the poet doesn’t know if she’s coming or going from Minnesota, but there is a reception of forgiveness and future.
Date of Degree
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Program of Study
Humanities and Social Sciences
Tollefson, Johanna. (2023). In the Weeds [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/1375/
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