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October 2021

Poet X Letter

Dear Janssen

I know you may not care that I’m writing this but I'll make you care. I don't know if you know who I am, but I’m writing this as a way to get to know you. I’m Jake. I'm from Concord and I’m almost 14. I’m pretty happy where I am academically and my outside of school life is pretty boring. I’m just like every other kid, I play sports like Football (American Football), baseball, and Ski racing. But I want to get to know you, How’s Belgium this time of year, because Massachusetts is starting to get to that point where it's either gonna be 10 degrees or 80 degrees. How’s the workload with six million kids sending you a paragraph every second. If you want to know what book we’re reading in English, it's called “Poet X”.

The book “Poet X” is pretty good in my opinion. It is about this girl Xiomara and her everyday life. Xiomara lives in Harlem with her dad, mom, and twin who’s name hasn’t been said. The relationship between Xiomara and her twin is really good even though they are so different in so many ways they still love each other. Xiomara is more street smart than book smart and I bet you can guess what her brother is, he goes to a private high school in the same city for what she calls “school for geniuses ”. But the school Xiomara goes to seems like a galaxy away, walking through metal detectors everywhere you go to limit the number of fights. Overall the book is great.

As we continue to read the book I find myself wondering what’s gonna happen next even outside of school. The book has really shown me how much someone can change just by the environment they are in. Like Xiomara’s brother is in a school not even 30 minutes away and he isn’t on guard 24/7. The amount of things I have learned and noticed about this book makes me realize how good I have it. But no matter what happens between the two of them they stay close to each other. My siblings aren’t the same we argue but it takes hours for us not to give each other a dirty look. There are so many poems that show how similar and different they are from each other.

If you aren’t interested in the book I’m sorry, but I want to show you how important the element of family is in this book. In one of the many amazing poems in this book “people say” really is about how family can save people. Like Xiomara even says it she says 

They say twin, and I saved him. 
That if it was for us, 
Mami would have kicked him tomorrow. 

This just shows that Xiomara and her brother have someone to look to when or if their life goes a little off the rails. It’s crazy how little you think about what your family and what they can do for you, other than put a roof over your head. There's other quotes that will make you think like this phrase quote in the same poem. “They say Papi was broken” I think that without Xiomara and her win I think their dad would have continued down that awful path. Like I haven’t experienced seeing someone go down an awful path like that but I pray to never see anything that Xiomara sees on the daily. The other quotes in that poem are as inspiring as the last, like this line quote “Mami would have kicked him to tomorrow” and this final phrase quote “if it wasn’t for us”. I have already told you enough about the book but you can tell from that one poem how valuable family is in this book. 

Alright I have probably taken up all your time so I’ll let you go. But if you ever get around to reading Poet X let me know. I’ll talk about this book with anyone. It’s been nice to get to know the person I didn't know about until two months ago. Have a great day and I hope you like the rest of my essays I send you from now on.

Sincerely,

Jake Fahey

The little boy in Massachusetts