This is a collection of poetry and nonfiction using the Japanese poetic form of haibun (a back and forth between haiku and prose, both sections attempting to clarify and further each other while approaching the subject in entirely different manners) as a form of memoir instead. This collection is about my home that has not always felt like home and what it means to love and hate an Appalachian identity. It is also about my relationships, both with Appalachia and the world outside it and with the people who call it home and the people I have met when I have left it. It is about hurt and pain and loss and grief and confusion and frustration and love and happiness and family, but it is mostly about learning how to leave and remain and come back all at the same time.
Advisor(s) or Committee Chair
Dr. Alexander Olson, Dr. Tom Hunley, Dr. Dale Rigby
Creative Writing | English Language and Literature | Poetry
Houston, Emily, "Appalachian Goodbyes" (2019). Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects. Paper 793.