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

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Wall Street Journal

Tyler Knott Gregson's Poetry Cracks Best-Seller Lists
Wall Street Journal
Montana-based poet and photographer Tyler Knott Gregson has written at least one new poem a day for his blog over the past five years. Every morning, he posts a photo with a caption and a haiku. Around lunchtime, he puts up a longer poem, composed on ...


Blake Griffin Trades Slam Dunks for Slam Poetry
Mashable
Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin is well known for his spectacular slam dunks. His slam poetry? Not so much. That may change with a series of short videos that shows the 6-foot-10 All-Star power forward in front of a speakeasy audience reading ...

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Jeremy Paxman on the Forward Prize for poetry
Financial Times
“But where would I find any poetry?” he said. So far has poetry tumbled out of the public consciousness that a bright young man – and one who makes his living by words, no less – had no idea where he might discover it. Does it matter? Aren't we ...


Martha's Vineyard Gazette

Sweet Spot of Poetry; Celebrating the Poet by Reading Her Words
Martha's Vineyard Gazette
There is a standard formula for poetry readings. The poet stands at the front of the room holding a copy of a recent book and reads aloud, allowing the audience to take in the rhythms and structures of each work. Less common is a reading that is as ...


Mini-confererence covers narratives and poetry
Quad City Times
Mini-confererence covers narratives and poetry: The Midwest Writing Center will hold its Pen in Hand mini-conference with Christiana Langenberg and Gabriella Miotto from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the center, 225 E. 2nd St., Suite 303, ...


Is Poetry For People With Short Attention Spans?
KUOW News and Information
"Poetry was extremely powerful long before those technologies or those companies existed," Pinsky said. "Every infant responds to it. Kids love hearing verse – they love being sung to," he said. "Human intelligence evolved -- it developed memory with ...


RollingStone.com

Leonard Cohen on Longevity, Money, Poetry and Sandwiches
RollingStone.com
Leonard Cohen is our leading poet of love, wisdom, and sorrow – and according to the lyrics of Nirvana's "Pennyroyal Tea," the guiding spirit in Kurt Cobain's afterworld. We sat down with the singer-songwriter on the occasion of his 13th studio album ...
Leonard Cohen and the Art of the Love SongFlavorwire
At 80, Leonard Cohen's enduring artistic power laid bare: 'He leaves a kind of ...National Post

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Poetry longlist for the National Book Award
Washington Post (blog)
“Gabriel” (Knopf), Edward Hirsch's devastating elegy for his son, who died at the age of 22, is among the books on the longlist for this year's National Book Award in Poetry. One of the most celebrated poets in the country, Hirsch wrote the popular ...
Poetry Longlist Announced for National Book AwardsABC News
National Book Award 2014 Longlist for Poetry Released, But It Missed These ...Bustle
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Fairy Ball brings enchantment and poetry to The Paseo in Oklahoma City
NewsOK.com
“Now as a professional poet looking back, I think the creativity that was emphasized through StarDanceSwan definitely plays a part in what I do now in my artistic character, because writing was always an important part of the creative process,” Shadid ...


Poetry community expresses loss as WCU cancels conference
Daily Local News
The poetry community has been expressing their disappointment about the cancellation of the conference and Bridgford's reassignment after Anna Evans, a poet and Bridgford's colleague, posted a discussion on a poetry forum on www.ablemuse.com.

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