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I love how Elizabeth Alexander really goes into detail about what poetry is, and what it should mean to its readers. It was really interesting that she mentioned that poetry should be unexpected. Poetry shouldn’t mean, but be.

It’s interesting that Alexander’s poet ego goes purely off of intuition; no over thinking, just doing. This has a special meaning to me because it concretely relates poetry to volleyball. My coach is always talking about how important it is to “just do.” We can try over and over again, but until we actually just do it we cannot grow or get better. Once we stop overthinking and just focus on the being and doing, we will not only grow as individuals, but contribute to something that is much bigger.