The Cloud Neighborhood

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While writing these poems, I thought critically about my existence and the existence of others in ways that were both difficult and enlightening for me. I was definitely altered, but to have such an effect on anyone else is a large undertaking. It feels a bit like a one-sided relationship that the world I have interacted with for this project (that is, the specific poets and locations I studied) will likely never interact with me. My hope with this collection, however, is that I can draw the attention of my readers to some of the issues that concerned me and inspired my writing. I want them to question their own place in the world-- how they got here, how stuck they are in it, how they do and should feel about it--and furthermore their ability, willingness, or necessity to empathize. I want to alter their thoughts for as long as I have their eyes on my work. If I am right about this collection's theory on the unbreakable connection between the world and the individual, then that will be enough to start changing our small place in the world.


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