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There are some books that just always stay with us Book series thatjust seem to follow us around and have a book for every different typeof person The one series that haunts me is the Chicken Soup seriesMaybe its because I could never find the right one for me What Ineeded was a Chicken Soup for the Poets soul Because that is who I amI am a poet My words have known all along how to swing melodically inverse Since I was younger Ive always been fascinated by what words can doYou can bend them twist them manipulate them Words are like magic tome Theyre words for everything in the world I chose to use my wordsby writing poetry Poetry can describe any feeling in any length orstyle you want it to describe it in I discovered poetry in thirdgrade We had a project during April which in elementary school ispoetry month April 2003 is when I found myself Where I found myselfwas really in Shell Silversteins A Light in the Attic Through the nextfour years I devoured as many childrens poetry books as I can find Idabbled in writing it for the first time in fifth grade We had to havea creative project for our gigantic state project My state was IndianaI feel bad for Indiana now as I think of the appalling poem that waswritten in its honor But as awful as that poem was I content to keepit alive within me As I grew up my feelings remained the same in regards to what poetAnne Stevenson defines as poetry A poem might be defined as thinkingabout feelings - about human feelings and frailties But what didchange was what I was reading and writing Poetry also twisted itsshape along the way Yes it did stay as a hobby but it also turnedinto my secret coping method Growing from childhood hero Silverstein Iexplored poets such as Edgar Allen Poe Robert Frost and especiallyRuyard
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