Year of Award


Document Type

Professional Paper

Degree Type

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Other Degree Name/Area of Focus

Creative Writing Program

Department or School/College

Department of English

Committee Chair

Prageeta Sharma

Commitee Members

Joanna Klink, MaryAnn Bonjorni


poetry, mining, alchemy, copper


University of Montana

Subject Categories

Nonfiction | Poetry


This poetry collection utilizes A.G. Charleton’s Report Book for Mining Engineers (Whitehead, Morris & Co, 1908). The original 200-page report book contains questions and blank entries for the engineer to collect information for mine owners planning to sell or acquire property. The poems in from A Poetry Handbook for Mining Engineers use the artifact of this handbook—and the unanswered questions in the found text—to interrogate historic language surrounding mining and excavation, as well as material accumulation, alchemical practices, and the tradition of mining in northern Minnesota and the Norwegian village of Røros.



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