Fluorescence by Jennifer K. Dick is more creative than any poetry book I have ever came across before in my educational career. The poem "What holds the body" starts with a mind blowing beginning that has little structure with lots of meaning and few words that are worth a million words. It is crazy how in so few words the writer describes such a vivid picture of an incident that happened in her life and than she takes it a step further by adding a personal touch of emotions. Emotions that are spaced and changed throughout the entire book but I love how in part four of the book she completes her thoughts and sums up the feelings in the beginning of her story. Jennifer conveyed her experiences through this elegant piece of work and even then I'm not sure of the meaning. How creative can one piece of work be?
How creative isn't even the right question because reading her work is like putting together a lot of pieces to a puzzle. A great puzzle I might add because of lines such as "to mock up the marker of X:". I pull that line to show that without reading the book in its entirety you'd never be able to find out what each line means. Hence the creativity that flows so that you continue to read until the understanding is clear which takes more than one go around for the work of Fluorescence. During my second time of reading Fluorescence I pointed out the line that reads "And the heat rips up, rumbling, trembling, the building under me". I pointed this line out because these words in one line describe every feeling you would have during an event like a explosion. I mention explosion because that is exactly what she seems to be referring to as she describes different sceneries and emotions throughout the poem.
The art form of poetry seems not to be all that Jennifer adores as she uses past events in history to relate to the message she is trying to convey. As I write this blog I say message but really she is just telling a story through poetry and to me there isn't much of a message to be gotten directly, or is there? My opinion and interpretation for Jennifer's work may be different than someone else's so I'll leave that open for debate. There is appreciation given to visual art as well starting with the cover page of the book that simply seems unrelated and abstract to me as a reader. Things like though make the book of poems stand out more because you can see the poems but there may be an abstract meaning like the cover picture. Something to think about if you read Fluorescence after reading my blog!