By Aubree Bailey
On February 8, 2018

Aubree Bailey
Managing Editor

The first poem I ever wrote was on the back of a grammar quiz in ninth grade, titled "A Blanket of Stars."

I don’t have it, but I remember the gist, and trust me, it definitely wasn’t worthy to be featured in Roscoe’s Gallery.

However, since then, I’ve developed a love for not only reading but writing poetry, too.

Poetry is so much more than the cliché love sonnet or narrative of teenage angst.

It’s a way for us to connect on an emotional and spiritual level; it confirms that we all go through similar experiences and have relatable emotions.

Writing poetry, for me at least, is a way to use my creativity as well as to make sense of what I observe internally and externally.

When faced with the question "Why do you write poetry?" I’ve only been able to answer with this: because I have to.

Some people write in a journal, some people meditate and some people do nothing at all , but writing poetry is a necessity for me.

As much as I enjoyed composing poetry in high school, attending ASU has given me so many opportunities to explore modern poets and improve my writing.

I have been fortunate enough to take three classes focused on poetry and creative writing, and each one has reinvented my writing process and style.

ASU also hosts the annual Writers’ Conference, which features poets and writers from around the state.

Listening to these successful writers has helped me gain confidence.

Poetry isn’t an easy passion; sometimes it leaves me in fits of frustration or vortexes of confounding emotion.

However, I can say wholeheartedly that I wouldn’t give up the craft of poetry for anything.

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