Growing

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

Fran is a Career Counsellor, Workshop Developer and Facilitator and e-zine Editor. You can sign up for her ezine at get_free_info_here_@getresponse.com or check out her website for more information www.franwatson.ca

In The News:


National Post

Poetry is going extinct, government data show
Washington Post (blog)
Inquiries into the death of poetry comprise a tradition almost as rich and varied as American poetry itself. Earlier this month, a college literary magazine proposed a tidy solution to the evergreen problem: "if you have to keep declaring, over and ...
Is poetry dead and, if so, who killed it? It's less popular than jazz and ...National Post

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NBCNews.com

National Poetry Month: Asian-American Poets to Watch
NBCNews.com
April is National Poetry Month and National Poetry Writing Month, sparking poetry readings, new poetry books, challenges to write thirty poems in thirty days, people carrying poems in their pockets to share, and, of course, a multitude of poetry ...
April is time to celebrate and share poetryTallahassee.com
Letter: How could we be averse to Poem in Your Pocket Day?NJ.com

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Poetry and Literature Calendar (April 26-May 2)
Buffalo News
sunday, 3 p.m.: 16th Annual Williamsville Poetry, Music, Dance and Art Celebration featuring guest poet Dan Gerber, author of “A Primer on Parallel Lives” (Copper Canyon Press, 2007) and “Sailing through Cassiopeia” (Copper Canyon Press, 2012).


Corvallis Gazette Times

Michael Wynn blends the worlds of neurology, poetry
Corvallis Gazette Times
And the precise language required by medicine (Wynn recalled being fascinated by a junior high teacher who taught him that every bone in the body has its own specific name) obviously can apply to poetry, which puts on a premium on the exact right word ...

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Longview Daily News

Library Corner: Inspired by National Poetry Month
Longview Daily News
April is National Poetry Month, and even if you don't regularly read poetry, this is the perfect time to pick up a sonnet by Shakespeare or an ode by Keats, a haiku by Basho, or anything by Shel Silverstein and immerse yourself in the world of the poet ...
Poetry and Parkinson'sPhilly.com
BARBARA MCMICHAEL | Poetry is elementalKitsap Sun

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Green Bay Press Gazette

Murre's music plays through his poetry
Green Bay Press Gazette
Murre is a poet, publisher and illustrator, has published three of his own poetry books, co-authored one with his partner Sharon Auberle and regularly publishes other poets as editor of the Little Eagle Press. He also keeps a poetry blog, "Arem ...


New York Times

Gregory Pardlo, Pulitzer Winner for Poetry, on His Sudden Fame
New York Times
On an unabashedly glorious afternoon this week, the poet and essayist Phillip Lopate stood in front of a small group of graduate students in Columbia University's creative writing program. He took attendance, noting a few absences, before turning to a ...


Jackson Clarion Ledger

Book review: Frank Stanford's poetry
Jackson Clarion Ledger
In 1978, poet Frank Stanford shot himself three times in the heart. His second wife and his lover were in the next room. During his lifetime, Stanford's poetry never found a broad audience. The rare and worn copies of his published works were passed ...


Quad-Cities Online

Do yourself a favor, dive into some poetry
Quad-Cities Online
These have almost always been poetry contests of a particularly difficult kind: using only one-syllable words, or writing a one-page poem without using a certain vowel, like “e” or “a.” He has also commissioned such oddities as serious limericks ...


Boston Globe (subscription)

Meet Somerville's new poet laureate, Nicole Terez Dutton
Boston Globe (subscription)
I'm from just outside Cleveland, Ohio. Early, early, early on, my mother introduced me to poetry, so that was always a refuge that I had. When I was little, my training was in music. I took piano lessons for a long time with a brilliant, beautiful ...

Google News

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