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“City life is a whirl of poetry readings,” begins Margarita Engle’s poem of the same name:
 
“/…Each evening, I go home
with a mind that glows
in the light of words,
which leap
like flames…”

 
For this prompt, dear poets, write a poem answering the question: How does poetry make you feel?
 
Does it make your mind “glow” like Engle’s? Does it calm you, excite you, focus you? How might you use figurative language—such as Engle’s simile comparing words with flames—to communicate your feelings to readers? Take us into your own relationship with the poetic word, communicating its role and impact in your life.