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:


Emeryville Wants Your Poetry
East Bay Express (blog)
The City of Emeryville seeks your best villanelle, sonnet, haiku, free verse, or any other kind of poetry you deign to write (as long as it doesn't exceed fifteen lines) for its new contest, Poems on the Emery Go-Round. The Poet Laureate program of ...


The Guardian (blog)

Here Come the Dogs by Omar Musa review — street poetry committed to the page
The Guardian (blog)
So begins the mainstream literary debut of Omar Musa, poet, rapper, TEDx speaker, playwright, and now hip-hop verse novelist. Written in a combination of poetry and prose, Musa's novel, Here Come the Dogs, is a muscular examination of dislocation and ...


New York Times

Does Poetry Matter?
New York Times
“Poetry is the weak sister of its sibling arts,” writes David Orr in Sunday's New York Times Book Review, which is dedicated to contemporary poetry. Orr argues that every tool – including celebrity writers – could be used in the effort to persuade us ...
Is an Ironic Review of James Franco's Poetry the Best 'The New York Times ...Flavorwire

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Music Times

Jack White Launches Third Man Books, Announces Poetry Collection 'Language ...
Music Times
As reported by Rolling Stone, the first release from Third Man Books will be Language Lessons: Volume I, a collection of prose and poetry featuring the work of Dale Ray Phillips, CD Wright, Adrian Matejka, and non-fiction pieces by punk musicians ...
Third Man releases poetry collectionThe Tennessean
Third Man Records Enters 'Universe of Publishing' With Language LessonsNashville Scene
Jack White's Third Man Launches Publishing DivisionHollywood Reporter
Elmore Magazine -Diffuser.fm -RollingStone.com
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Hillary Clinton's new book isn't poetry. But the Amazon reviews of it sure are.
Washington Post (blog)
Hillary Rodham Clinton's account of her time at the State Department, "Hard Choices," and Ed Klein's more tabloid-y account of her relationship with President Obama have been duking it out on the New York Times bestseller list. We have yet to learn ...

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New York Times

James Franco, Poet
New York Times
And Graywolf, while one of the best publishers of American poetry, is probably not in a position to pay Franco an enormous advance or put him in front of the Oprah audience. This book is intended for real poetry readers, all five of them, as well as ...

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Chapel Hill teen's 'Dream' wins poetry contest
Chapel Hill News
CHAPEL HILL — Voices, the Chapel Hill Chorus, recently announced Natalie Sherman-Jollis as the winner of its “American Dreams” high school poetry competition. Sherman-Jollis recently completed her sophomore year at East Chapel Hill High School.

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What's the Matter with Poetry? On 'The Consolation of Philosophy'
The League of Ordinary Gentlemen (blog)
If philosophy prepares us to die, should healthy men study it? Certainly we can imagine what Nietzsche might grouse about the relative lack of usefulness in much of Western philosophy. We might not be as stern but still get the feeling that quite a bit ...


Poetic injustuce: Locals respond to N.C.'s poet laureate debate
Mountain Xpress
In WNC, poetry is the stuff of serious study, but it's also available at parties and on the street (thanks to “Poet for Hire” performance artists). But North Carolina poets have been in a particularly bright spotlight recently, due to what some are ...


KGOU

Small Scenes, Big Issues: Poet Captures Day-to-Day Existence In U.S., Venezuela
KGOU
Venezuelan poet Arturo Gutierrez-Plaza has spent his career crafting poems exploring the scenes of everyday life. He told KGOU's World Views he views poetry as a way to maintain the experience of childhood discovery as you learn new words, and how to ...

Google News

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