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

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Chalkbeat New York

Indy Pulse puts poetry, performance on stage
Chalkbeat New York
A few weeks later, she'd stand before a room full of poetry slam competitors, teachers, parents and a three-judge panel to perform “Ebola Poem,” her emotional answer to the way some of her classmates have joked about the disease and even used it as the ...


Older Oklahomans invited to share poetry
Norman Transcript
“The poetry contest is always a highlight of the conference,” said Katherine McRae, DHS Aging Services Programs Assistant Administrator. “Each year we receive hundreds of entries from around the state and we really enjoy the talent and creativity of ...

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Final Poetry on the Loose features founder William Seaton
Times Herald-Record
When Seaton moved to Orange County, he had already been active in poetry and performance for decades, participating in what were called happenings at the University of Illinois in the 1960s, working with the Cloud House group doing street readings and ...


How Has the Social Role of Poetry Changed Since Shelley?
New York Times
Shelley once called poets the “unacknowledged legislators of the world.” This week, Adam Kirsch and Leslie Jamison discuss how the social role of poetry has changed since then. By Adam Kirsch. No one asked for Shelley's views on the Congress of Vienna, ...


CARL LOVE: A seed of poetry grows
Press-Enterprise
So Kendra made a poetry book like all my students make, one with an acrostics, an A-B-C poem, the couplets, some triplets, a concrete poem and even haiku for the really adventurous. The styles come from a workbook I have for budding poets because you ...


Toronto Star

Well-known poet banned from events in three cities over sexual harassment and ...
Toronto Star
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Style.com

The Poetry of Ordinary Clothes: Tilda Swinton and Olivier Saillard Glorify ...
Style.com
In the show's final portion, Swinton left little mementos in each garment—a stalk of wheat; a leaf of tissue paper printed with poetry or proverbs (“It's bad luck to put on a coat starting with the left sleeve,” for example); or a Kleenex scented with ...


Clive James on his new poetry book and his distinctive voice
ABC Online
In this part, while discussing the effect of poetry on his prose writing, I asked him about how he found his own distinctive voice as a writer who writes pretty much as he speaks, and speaks pretty much as he writes. CLIVE JAMES: I think I've ...
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BBC News

The performance poet who uses a ventilator as part of his act
BBC News
Performing poetry has its challenges, but more so if your breathing is controlled by a machine. Owen Lowery is 46 and lives in Lancashire. He has a ventilator which helps him to breathe. He began writing poems seven years ago on a university course and ...

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Appeal-Democrat

American Life in Poetry
Petoskey News-Review
Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 7:00 am. American Life in Poetry. TED KOOSERU.S. POET LAUREATE. Stuart Kestenbaum is a Maine poet with a new book, Only Now, from Deerbrook Editions. In it are a number of thoughtful poems posed as prayers, ...
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