Think of collage as a visual poem. Poetry distills experience into language and so does collage. Often disparate ideas and emotions coalesce. Collage unites images from various sources to tell a new story. Each image—a ladder, a red cape, a violin—is like a word or a phrase. Collage and poetry both work similarly to how memory does—we retain a ribbon of memory from that day and another from years before. There in that mix are the stories of our lives. Just as in poetry, not everything is spoken, room is left for the viewer’s imagination.