Honors College Theses

Date

2021

Major

Writing & Linguistics (B.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Faculty Mentor

Christina Olson

Abstract

i won’t be silenced. is a poetry chapbook primarily based on the poet’s experiences as a “white-passing” Latina in the United States, serving as encouragement for social reform, representing the author’s personal growth, and engaging with the experiences of marginalized minorities in the U.S. The poems address various discriminatory actions that either the author has directly experienced, or that Black, Indigenous, or other Persons of Color (BIPOC)—including those identifying as Arab or Middle Eastern, Asian, Pacific Islander, and bi- or multiracial—have experienced. Other themes include identity, politics, death, mental illness, privilege, rape or sexual assault, religion, and social justice. The poems utilize multiple forms, including abecedarian, erasure, free verse, found forms, lists, open letters, and prose. Inspiration was drawn from work written by Gloria Anzaldúa, Victoria Chang, Denice Frohman, Allison Joseph, Douglas Kearney, and Danez Smith. i won’t be silenced. ultimately empathizes with the aforementioned marginalized audiences, while also educating audiences who may never endure nor fully understand the described experiences.

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