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Consider this quote from Elizabeth Acevedo's The Poet X, on the power of writing poetry: 

“I only know that learning to believe in the power of my own words has been the most freeing experience of my life. It has brought me the most light. And isn't that what a poem is? A lantern glowing in the dark.”  
What does writing poetry mean to you, dear writers? In a short reflection, tell us how this genre has influenced your life. What have you discovered about yourself through poetry? How does being a poet shape the way you understand yourself and the world around you?
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