Kens Poem

How wonderfully sweet to be a dweller

dwelling on the road of goodbye.

Bittersweet tears fall as I think

of all the places I'll never see,

all the faces I'll never know,

all the joys I'll never share,

as I head for the unknown.

I have lived life as best I could,

met challenges head on,

drawing strength from an unseen source.

You cannot come with me on this journey

you can only stand and watch,

sometimes the more difficult task.

I know what I must do

and I will give myself a voice

drawn from the inward depths of my being.

 

For Ken

June 1, 2003

copyright Fran Watson

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National Post

Poetry is going extinct, government data show
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Inquiries into the death of poetry comprise a tradition almost as rich and varied as American poetry itself. Earlier this month, a college literary magazine proposed a tidy solution to the evergreen problem: "if you have to keep declaring, over and ...
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NBCNews.com

National Poetry Month: Asian-American Poets to Watch
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Poetry and Literature Calendar (April 26-May 2)
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sunday, 3 p.m.: 16th Annual Williamsville Poetry, Music, Dance and Art Celebration featuring guest poet Dan Gerber, author of “A Primer on Parallel Lives” (Copper Canyon Press, 2007) and “Sailing through Cassiopeia” (Copper Canyon Press, 2012).


Corvallis Gazette Times

Michael Wynn blends the worlds of neurology, poetry
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Longview Daily News

Library Corner: Inspired by National Poetry Month
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Green Bay Press Gazette

Murre's music plays through his poetry
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Murre is a poet, publisher and illustrator, has published three of his own poetry books, co-authored one with his partner Sharon Auberle and regularly publishes other poets as editor of the Little Eagle Press. He also keeps a poetry blog, "Arem ...


New York Times

Gregory Pardlo, Pulitzer Winner for Poetry, on His Sudden Fame
New York Times
On an unabashedly glorious afternoon this week, the poet and essayist Phillip Lopate stood in front of a small group of graduate students in Columbia University's creative writing program. He took attendance, noting a few absences, before turning to a ...


US Poetry Readership in Tens of Millions?
Huffington Post
It seems like a measly slice of the pie. But hang on a minute--if this survey is representative, then that 6.7% of 240.2 million US adults in 2012 works out to about 16.1 million people who say that they read poetry in the past year in America alone.


Salisbury Post

Much to love in Mary Kratt's poetry collection
Salisbury Post
Kratt's book, “Small Potatoes” won the 1999 Brockman-Campbell Poetry Book prize and her early chapbook, “Spirit Going Barefoot” won the Oscar Arnold Young Award for the best book of poetry that year for a resident of North Carolina, and she was awarded ...


Jackson Clarion Ledger

Book review: Frank Stanford's poetry
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In 1978, poet Frank Stanford shot himself three times in the heart. His second wife and his lover were in the next room. During his lifetime, Stanford's poetry never found a broad audience. The rare and worn copies of his published works were passed ...

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