Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing

First Advisor

Holbrook, Susan (English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing)


Canadian literature.



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Left Dad for a Cowboy is an autobiographical collection of prose poems and an accompanying critical essay that explore the relationships among memory, language, and imagination, specifically the heightened sensory experience of childhood memory and how it shapes one's understanding of the world. The collection takes place in three different settings: Windsor, Ontario where the writer is raised by her father; Havre, Montana where she spends the majority of her summers with her mother; and St. Joseph Island, Ontario where she spends a small portion of her summers with her mother's parents. As the poem titles suggest, each piece within the collection is inspired by an object that evokes a specific memory. This work attempts to demonstrate the process of remembering and how we mediate this process through language.