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  • Purvis wrote her favorite poem after trying something all her creative writing professors advised students to do: writing every day.

    “‘You’ll be surprised. You’ll get better,’” Purvis said, quoting her professors.

    For her, a poem called "Eight-Ball" changed her outlook on poetry.

    “This poem, 'Eight-Ball,' is basically about a father-daughter relationship similar to mine but not," she said. "It’s mostly fictious and most of my stuff takes little bits of my life and twists it. It came out mostly almost done. We had a visiting poet that day and he was just like, ‘yeah. That’s good.’ He didn’t give me any criticism. I was like, ‘really? That’s all I’m going to get from you?’ [Most of the time], there is a lot of rejection and re-drafting and everything. But it came out mostly done which was really cool. I’m most proud of that piece.”
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