Growing hurts sometimes;

saying goodbye to friends,

to things you've known and done

to things you wanted to do.

Growing heals sometimes

the shattered dreams and hopes

of a life you once knew

leading you to a new knowledge of yourself.

Growing is fun sometimes

meeting new friends

learning new things

making changes that feel good and moving on.

Growing is necessary always.

Without change there is stagnation

death instead of life.

To choose to live is to choose to grow.

Copyright 2002

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In The News:

The Guardian

James Dawson: how I stopped hating poetry and became a poet
The Guardian
Whenever Miss Walker, a somewhat embattled English teacher from West Yorkshire, used to announce her lesson would focus on poetry, a groan ran around the class. Poems were boring. Without exception, a photocopied sheet would be plonked in front of ...

The Guardian (blog)

National Poetry Day: The rise and rise of performance poetry
The Independent
Installation poetry also makes Montgomery a canny choice for National Poetry Day. He produces written words that also perform, and in the world of poetry, that bridges a serious division between poets who write words for the page and those who aim for ...
National Poetry Day 2015: dedicate a poem to someone you loveThe Guardian (blog)
Oregon Poets: Henry Huges packs poems with sound, storyStatesman Journal

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Fond du Lac Reporter

Award-winning poet visits Marian University
Fond du Lac Reporter
Jean Valentine, a former New York state poet laureate and recipient of the National Book Award for Poetry, will read from her works at 7 p.m. Thursday in Thelma Sadoff Center of the Arts in the Great Hall. The event is free and open to the public ...

The Guardian

Welcome to our poetry-themed week - an overview
The Guardian
We've got all sorts in store - watch poets reading poems, listen to a performance poet podcast and get tips on how to perform poetry yourself. More into writing it? We've got tips for that too. How about discussing it? Yep, we've got that covered with ...
Former US Poet Laureate Charles Wright Gives ReadingThe Emory Wheel

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Port Townsend Leader

Poetry 'blooms' at Northwind Oct. 8
Port Townsend Leader
"It just seemed like a great big, quenching gulp of poetry from these two masters," Hunt said, "... our grandmother and grandfather of American poetry," whose work has inspired generations of poets around the world. "Poetry saved my life," Hunt said ...

The Cornell Review

Cornell SJP Poetry Reading: Israel a 'Racist, Exclusivist, Supremacist State'
The Cornell Review
Last Friday, Cornell's Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter sponsored a poetry performance by Palestinian-American poet, Remi Kanazi. The performance was Kanazi's third stop on his university tour in promotion of his recently published book ...
Spoken Word Activist Remi Kanazi Visits CornellCornell University The Cornell Daily Sun

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Editorial: Of politics and poetry
Concord Monitor
Tonight at 7, Charles Simic, 77, will be at the Concord City Auditorium to accept the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. It is another well-deserved honor for the mantelpiece of his rich life and will take its place among the Pulitzer ...

San Francisco Examiner

Oct. 5-6: Dear Armen, 50/50 Poetry Nights, Nick Diamonds, Ruth Reichl, Kevin ...
San Francisco Examiner
50/50 Poetry Nights: Intersection for the Arts hosts the first in a series of poetry sessions; this Small Press Traffic reading features Cheena Marie Lo, Justin Waltin and legacy poet Juliana Spahr. [7:30 p.m. Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy St., S.F.].

The Guardian

What's the best poetry for children?
The Guardian
I always read loads of poetry books when I was little, picture books like The Gruffalo, and I loved them. I love writing my own poetry now, but where can I find books for my in- between age of 10? I'm too old for little kids' poetry and not quite old ...

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Vidette Online

Activist Andrea Gibson leads 'Queertober' poetry event
Vidette Online
What they may lack in stature, they surely make up for in their poetry. On Monday, poet and activist Andrea Gibson touched students' hearts and minds with their thought provoking pieces on love, war, racial inequality, body acceptance, mental illness ...

Google News

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