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Poetry. LGBTQ Studies. Latino/Latina Studies. NEC (ROMANTIC) is the death of classic Romanticism, the notion of the way things should be and should have been, the death of the trope "hopeless romantic." From the first poem a transformation of the artist begins, the shedding of the old self in to a new beginning in which Cathleen knows the path, and illuminates a trail for the reader to follow. NEC(ROMANTIC) is the death of the ideal, the binary conventions between the American Dream fantasy and the fraction of its mentality of "only this one way." Using confessional styles mixed with classical poetry archetypes, Cathleen's true force is the power to forgive oneself while never forgetting how she, as the person and the artist, got to where she is; how a person can hold on to love while losing the one they love.