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:


BBC News

Clive James: 'I'd be lost without poetry'
BBC News
Writer and broadcaster Clive James, who suffers from leukaemia and emphysema, has just had a new volume of essays published, called Poetry Notebook. In an interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr, he explains why the book means so much to him and how ...

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Poetry is at its best when it is mysterious and elusive: Ranjit Hoskote
Times of India
It was an evening of flowing verses when Ranjit Hoskote the Mumbai based poet, art curator and cultural theorist came to Hyderabad as chief guest to give away the prize to the winner of a poetry competition administered by the University of Hyderabad.


Buffalo News

Poetry and Literature Calendar (Oct. 19 to Oct.25)
Buffalo News
Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Canisius College Contemporary Writers Series presents fiction writer Phil Klay, author of the acclaimed short story collection “Redeployment” (Penguin Books, 2014), a finalist for the National Book Award. Klay is a Dartmouth graduate ...


Radio.com News

Watch a Comedian Turn Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Into a Piece of Poetry
Radio.com News
He manages to turn a verse like, “He toss my salad like his name Romaine” into sheer poetry. You'll also probably never hear the lines “Oh my god, look at her butt,” the same way again. And as for his video, Martin removes most of the butts from Minaj ...
Nicki Minaj's “Anaconda” Read Aloud As Poetry: ListenIdolator: All About The Music
No, reading Nicki Minaj's Anaconda as poetry does not improve itThe i100

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Dedication of poetry in Newton's Edmands Park
Wicked Local Newton
Poetry in Edmands Park, an installation of contemporary nature poems by living poets, inscribed on stones will be officially dedicated Sunday, Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. and everyone is welcome to attend. Edmands Park is located in Newtonville, off of Blake ...


Macon often a muse to poets across the city
Macon Telegraph (blog)
Macon had such a statesman in part because he was not alone in creating poetry here. Jones was a friend and mentor to several Macon poets, and the city boasts at least five other living poets with books to their names, including Judson Mitcham, Georgia ...


BU Today

Award-Winning Poet New Creative Writing Program Director
BU Today
The English major found himself, “almost by accident,” enrolled in poet John Hollander's verse writing course. “I think he penciled my name in as an extra at the last minute,” he recalls. “John not only encouraged me in writing poems and told me that I ...


Pedestrian TV

More of Barry Spurr's 'racist' emails emerge
Daily Mail
More racist and misogynistic emails that were allegedly sent and received by Sydney University poetry and poetics professor Barry Spurr have emerged since he was suspended from work on Friday. The new emails have been leaked by online news website ...
Barry Spurr and me: did he look at me and see human garbage, too?The Guardian
Professor suspended from top post over racist emailsIrish Independent
Email trail could expose academics who read Professor Barry Spurr's bileSydney Morning Herald
Pedestrian TV -Independent Australia -NEWS.com.au
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Monroe News Star

ULM professors Heflin, Ryan produce Australian poetry anthology
Monroe News Star
The book is published by Desperation Press and turnrow Books and edited by John Kinsella, author of more than 30 books of poetry and editor of several anthologies. The first anthology in the series, "Eleven Contemporary Chinese Writers," appeared in ...


Poetry unites Q-C
Quad City Times
I want to make readers aware of a first-ever event taking place Thursday, Oct. 23, at The Outing Club in Davenport. Mary Swander and Kevin Stein, poets laureate of Iowa and Illinois respectively, will appear together for a reading and discussion. The ...

Google News

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