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The value of speaking out

The value of speaking out

Every poet should ask themselves these two questions:

  1. Whose shoulders do you stand on?
  2. What do you stand for?

Public speaking can feel terrifying. One way to find the strength to speak up is to think of people whose shoulders you can stand on. From this height, we have the sight to see the power of poetry, of expressible language.

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