Neon Soul: A Collection of Poetry & Prose
Alexandra Elle, Andrews McNeel Publishing, Poetry
Neon Soul is a collection of poetry that flows from the renewed spirit of Alexandra Elle. The book opens with a confession of how she is no longer a tortured soul writing from the space of anxiety and trauma. She has evolved and is fearful of whether her writing from a place of healing will connect with readers.
Although it is described as a collection of poetry and prose, the only prose in the book is contained in her prologue, in which she explains the etymology of the title and curated content.
According to Elle, vibrancy that comes from pain is dulled once you figure your stuff out, and her fear is the only colors that grab us are neon, which her poetry is not. Instead, she paints with pastels. And that is where she wins – her poetry is sensitive, her memory flawless, her reassurances are reassuring. In “Mess,” for example, she writes:
How dare you/break into pieces
for those who/refuse to help
undo the damage.
Who wouldn’t even/think to put you/back together,
time and time again.
The final statement “who wouldn’t even think to put you back together, time and time, again”means two different things, depending on the punctuation. She ended it with a period. I kept reading it as a question – rereading and healing each time.
This book is strongly recommended to readers looking for easy access to a lazy river. On the Neon Soul journey, you’ll get rest and be renewed.
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