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Poet Profile: Poppy Magee

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Poetry Club member Poppy Magee reads her work at the Public School Poetry CHS event. Magee is eager for Poetry Club this year and hopes to bring in new members. “We’re welcoming to people of all levels,” Magee said. “Whether you’ve never written a poem or poetry is your passion, we meet Mondays at lunch in room 315.”

When did you write your first poem, if so what was it about?

The first time I remember writing a poem was in fourth grade, it was this little class assignment. A kid in our class’ mom was a poet and she came in and gave us a lesson. I wrote a poem about my dog running away. And I drew a little illustration of my dog to go with it.

Who is your favorite poet?

I love a lot of different poets. But if I had to put it as an all-time favorite, it’s probably Emily Dickinson just because of how prolific and interesting she is.

What ideas/things inspire you most?

A lot of times it’s just things that happen to me in my day-to-day day to day life, artwork, a lot of song lyrics, sort of odd random images on Pinterest.

What person inspires you most?

I write a lot of poems about my friends and about people… maybe I shouldn’t say that exposing myself but yeah, everybody I interact with on a day-to-day to day basis.

What’s your favorite poem?

One poem I’ve been really obsessed with recently is Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost. I’m not usually a huge Robert Frost fan but the line “The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I’ve got promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep” has been stuck in my head the past month or two, so that’s maybe my favorite poem right now.

What’s your favorite poem you’ve written?

I wrote a poem about this book called The Haunting of Hill House that I read at a lot of events and that we published in our poetry club zine. That’s one of my favorites, as. And I just started working on a poem about these wolves in Yellowstone and I’m enjoying that right now too.

Do you have a favorite genre of poetry?

I usually like a lot of free verse poetry, not any specific forms. But these days I’m getting into sonnets and haikus. I’ve been trying to do a challenge where I write a haiku every day of November, which I’ve been doing so far. I like poems that are very visceral but also reflective, and I do love a good spooky horror poem.

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Claire Lewis, Journalist
Claire Lewis is a junior at CHS, who's in her 4th semester on staff. She loves writing, both in class and out. She likes spending time in the sun, whether that's laying in her hammock alone, or going on walks with friends. When she's not getting sunburnt she frequently crochets, reads, watches movies, and listens to music.

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