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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PRI

1200 years later, is Chinese poetry entering a new golden age?
PRI
According to Yibing, the poets were skeptical. They weren't “app” kind of guys. Was this really a good venue for poetry, they wondered? But, within minutes of the poets uploading their poems, he says, “there were hundreds of people 'liking' them and ...
Bringing poetry to the peopleMyanmar Times
Library plans April poetry series to celebrate National Poetry MonthKitsap Sun
National Student Poet visits Pelham High SchoolThe Union Leader
UCR Today (press release) -The Daily News of Newburyport -New Jersey Hills
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Los Angeles Times

Finally at rest: Britain's King Richard III buried with pomp, poetry
Los Angeles Times
He will always be known as the king whose bones were discovered beneath a parking lot. But on Thursday, Richard III was given a send-off befitting his regal title. In a ceremony oozing with British pomp and circumstance, and attended by royals ...
Watch Benedict Cumberbatch read poetry at the reburial of King Richard IIIEntertainment Weekly

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WBUR

'Sidewalk Poetry' Project To Take Literature To Cambridge Streets
WBUR
What had happened, Hsu recalls, was Cambridge photographer Andrea Geyer had seen a “Sidewalk Poetry” program in St. Paul, Minnesota—where they've immortalized poems by stamping them into sidewalk cement at more than 700 locations since 2008.

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STLtoday.com

Poetry pulled Texas center McGee-Stafford from depression
STLtoday.com
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Poetry, Imani McGee-Stafford says, saved her life. She was still in middle school when she began putting the words rumbling through her head down on paper, filling notebook after notebook in search of a voice to break free of the ...

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An evening of poetry with Charles Wright and Mary Szybist
University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily
Last Friday, the Culbreth Theater hosted Charles Wright, the 2014-15 U.S. Poet Laureate, and National Book Award winner Mary Szybist. The night featured his "Shrines to Longing," a poetry reading and Q&A. The event was held in conjunction with the ...
South Windsor Poetry Day To Showcase Distinguished PoetsHartford Courant
Hal Crowther on the poetry of Charles WrightOxford American

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Toronto Star

Poetry: Recent Releases
Toronto Star
Lorna Crozier is virtually a brand name in Canadian poetry, such is the consistency of her work. Clarity, lyrical grace and a sly, subversive humour (especially where sexual politics is concerned) are hallmarks, and they are all on display in The Wrong ...


MiamiHerald.com

Annual O, Miami poetry festival spreading the word
MiamiHerald.com
Starting with a boat trip down the Miami River on Wednesday, with forays into Little Haiti, the far reaches of Kendall and out onto Biscayne Bay, the poetry festival — now in its fourth year — is working even harder to complete its mission: to help ...


Poetry and the art of retrospection
University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily
Last week, University professor and poet Stephen Cushman and Poet Laureate of Virginia Ron Smith read selections from their works in the Special Collections Library. Cushman recently published an eighty-page poem entitled “The Red List,” which he ...


San Angelo Standard Times

'Poetry in Motion' ballet draws inspiration from children's poetry
San Angelo Standard Times
Words are leaping off the page and being brought to life in a ballet orchestrated by the San Angelo Civic Ballet. “Poetry in Motion” combines the creations of sketch artist Carolina Villarreal and stop-motion animation producer Johnny Villarreal to ...


Boston Globe (subscription)

Cambridge offers poets chance to make their mark on sidewalks
Boston Globe (subscription)
People with a knack for verse will get an opportunity to cement their legacy in Cambridge this spring. As crews from the Department of Public Works replace sidewalks damaged by the winter's historic snowfall, they will imprint poetry written by ...

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Rules for Writing Poetry

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Burning Autumn Leaves [a poem in Spanish and English]

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Two Poems and a Short Story

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