Neon is Trying to Tell You Something

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Arenas, Grace
University of Montana
poetry; Poetry
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The following is the manuscript of my poetry collection, “Neon is Trying to Tell You Something.” This manuscript represents my development of poetic voice and style over the course of the past two years. In these poems, images accrue and take on new meaning, while still retaining echoes of their original connotations. This is how the speaker’s mind makes sense of things: evolutionarily. As a collection, these poems do not attempt to world-build or use their foreign landscapes as the driving force of symbol, but rather they use these landscapes as the essential terminology for their logic puzzles, their syllogistic reasoning. The result is an experience of the mind parsing its anxieties, doubts, and joys in turn, all with equal, attentive curiosity.