English, Department of


First Advisor

Kwame Dawes

Second Advisor

Stacey Waite

Third Advisor

Hope Wabuke

Date of this Version

Spring 4-29-2022

Document Type



Petersen, Caleb. Fifteen Poems. 2022. University of Nebraska, Master's Thesis.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: English, Under the Supervision of Professor Kwame Dawes. Lincoln, Nebraska: April 25, 2022

Copyright © 2022 Caleb Petersen


FIFTEEN POEMS is a thesis consisting of a critical introduction on the development of my understanding of craft, the poetic influences which have shaped my poetry, as well as a collection of poems. The essay addresses both the form and content of the collection, as well as my history with poetry. It provides details about the process of creating this collection, and it portrays some of the vision that motivates it. The poetry which follows is a reflection on myself, my body, and my landscape, as I ask the question, who am I in this place? Situated in Lincoln, Nebraska, it seeks to grapple with my relationship to history, lineage, Christianity, whiteness, settler colonialism, and violence in the present moment.

Advisor: Kwame Dawes

Included in

Poetry Commons