here’s the collage with the poem/narrative. i decided to stick with the original collage after i made a few adjustments and lined everything up correctly. i’m pleased with how the text reads as a graphic within the collage, which was the original intent. i hope the text can be understood as a commentary rather than cynical because that was not the idea; i hope this will provoke thought and exploration, not cynicism. and the narrative was intentionally written to be read in a few different ways (paying close attention to structure, layout, and highlighted words) so there’s not necessarily a right or wrong reading of the text. i really wanted it to serve as an explanatory piece of the puzzle within the collage. again, i stress the importance of removing my thoughts and opinions as much as possible from this in hopes that the work as a whole will invoke questions within the viewer. and therefore the interpretation is left to that viewer.