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Poetry is a beautiful thing. It can convey emotions or an idea in a few simple, well-crafted lines and phrases. Poetry can live. Every time a poem is read it is reborn with new life, but where would the poems be without the poets?

I believe that everyone began with poetry when they were young. Poetry allows a young mind endless creativity. I know for me, being introduced to poetry when I was young helped sculpt me into a thoughtful human being.

Poetry is important in everyone’s life, be it for stress relief or for a vacation from the real world. Poems allow the reader and writer to explore their minds.

I am a self-proclaimed sorceress of words. I believe that through words, through poetry, you can get practically any mood or belief across to any person.

Needless to say, poetry is a major ingredient in the recipe of my life; it always has been.

I can remember reading my favorite book, “Where the Wild Things Are,” when I was a child and reciting it by heart. This book brought out an imaginative side in me that I don’t think I understood back then, and I definitely don’t understand now.

That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though, because sometimes the ineffable things in life are the greatest things to experience. I have always been creative with my words. I recently found a book filled with the scribblings of my young mind. It’s filled cover to cover with words, with poems.

When my cousins and I were younger, we loved Shel Silverstein. Whenever we would get together, there would always be a copy of “Where the Sidewalk Ends” or “A Light in the Attic” lying around. We would read each other poems; it was our kind of family bonding.

In my sophomore year of high school, my English teacher had us do a poetry project. I was put into a group of three. We had to analyze T.S. Elliot’s poetry. Elliot, since then, has become my favorite poet. The way he criticizes the human race, though mildly depressing, is done so carefully. He never states outright exactly what he is doing. He covers it by using a brothel to represent the world, or maybe just a small city street. Elliot was able to enhance my love of poetry even more, if possible.

From a very young age, I’ve been in love with words. They have been my go-to getaway from the everyday struggles and stresses.

My friend Katie and I have been writing and sharing our poetry with each other for a few years now and I feel that it has helped us both grow as writers and as human beings. Through our poetry I’ve been able to get my anger, frustration and sadness out in a non-destructive way. Without it, I don’t know where I’d be right now.

Poetry and writing have become my life. I love writing, and maybe even more, I love reading other authors’ and poets’ writing. I believe that even authors who write only novels have little poets inside them who influence their writing.

My favorite author, Stephen King, is a master of imagery, in a very poetic way. I love reading poetic stories and, obviously, poetry. I love writing them, too. I even enjoy the occasional essay.

I suppose you could say I’m a well-rounded writer, but I started with poetry. Everyone starts with poetry.