No Man’s Land
In the Fall of 2012, Nadine Meyer brought her students from ENG 302 The Writing of Poetry: New Poems, New Poets to Special Collections, Musselman Library, to view some primary source collections and exhibits.
Kelsey Boyce, Class of 2013, was inspired by the World War I Letters of Jes Jerry Jessen. This collection contains 109 letters addressed to his family in Spokane, Washington. This letters follow him through his training in Vancouver, WA, and Charlotte, NC, as well as his time in France and Germany.
The poem "No Man's Land" draws from the set of letters between Jes Jerry Jessen and his sister Helen (La La).
This poem is inspired by a set of letters between Jes Jerry Jessen and his sister Helen during his time as a soldier during World War I.