-->''But I've learned how to paint my face,\\
How to earn my keep, how to clean my kill.\\
Some nights I still can't sleep,\\
The past rolls back, I can see us still.\\
You've learned how to hold your own, how to stack your stones,\\
But the history's thick.\\
Children aren't as simple as we'd like to think.''
-->--"Children's Work"

Dessa (born Margret Wander) is an underground singer and hip-hop artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota and part of the indie hip-hop group Doomtree. Her lyrics vary from sharp and cutting to poetic and narrative. She is known for the feminist themes in several of her songs and has been described as a mix of Mos Def and Music/AniDiFranco.

* 2005 - ''False Hopes''
* 2010 - ''A Badly Broken Code''
* 2011 - ''Castor, The Twin''
* 2013 - ''Parts of Speech''

!!Her work provides examples of:
* AgeProgressionSong: "Children's Work" and "The Chaconne."
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Deconstructed in ''Alibi'', where the narrator is soothing a woman whose husband broke the law.
* BadassBoast: The entirety of ''Dutch'', ''The Bullpen'', ''Skeleton Key'' and ''Fighting Fish'' is one.
* BadassCreed: ''Seamstress''. The creed of the seamstress is "you're pretty in pieces".
* TheCaretaker: ''Seamstress'' is a dark take on this.
* CoolBigSis: ''Children's Work'' was written for her younger brother Max.
* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: ''Children's Work'': "The little mystic, and his handler."
** ''Anabelle'' has her pleading the song's title character to 'come back down'
** ''The Man I Knew'' is a song about a decade-long relationship with a drug addict.
* EasilyForgiven: Averted hugely in ''Mineshaft 2'' and ''The Lamb''.
* FriendlessBackground: Implied in "Children's Work": "Before you came along, I was a lone cub."
* TheMasochismTango: ''Matches to Paper Dolls''
* MotorMouth: When Dessa ''really'' gets into rap-mode, she's scarily quick with her rhymes. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35SAEUbdUQE For example, Matches to Paper Dolls]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Qe3jruM9pg Mineshaft]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tvSaALk-wc Press On]].
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Mentioned in ''Dixon's Girl''. Currently the page quote.
* SanitySlippage: "If & When" has the narrator burning more and more things to keep the candle alight as she waits for her husband to come home.
* SecondPersonNarration: ''Mineshalf 2'', although it switches to first person in the last verse
* SecretKeeper: A dark version in ''The Lamb'', where it's implied the narrator covered up a murder for her acquaintance.
* SequelSong: "Mineshaft" released on ''Castor, the Twin'' deals with a painful break-up. "Mineshaft 2" dealt with the ex calling her up years later and asking for forgiveness.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: ''The Bullpen''
* TakeMeInstead: From ''Children's Work'': "When the wagon tipped, I prayed over your body. I asked God to take the damage out on me."
* TrueCompanions: ''Crew'', which is about her group Doomtree, along with most of her collaborative works with other Doomtree members.
** From ''Alibi'': "If you ever need a place to sleep tonight, that's what family's for."
* {{UST}}: ''Go Home''
* WeAreAsMayflies: The central theme of ''Momento Mori''.
* WidowWoman: "If & When".
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: The entirety of ''Children's Work'': "Children aren't as simple as we'd like to think."
* YourCheatingHeart: Averted in ''Go Home'', where the narrator persuades him to "go home to her, while you still can".