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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In The News:


New York Times

How Has the Social Role of Poetry Changed Since Shelley?
New York Times
Shelley once called poets the “unacknowledged legislators of the world.” This week, Adam Kirsch and Leslie Jamison discuss how the social role of poetry has changed since then. By Adam Kirsch. No one asked for Shelley's views on the Congress of Vienna, ...


Telegraph.co.uk

Christmas Books 2014: best poetry to read
Telegraph.co.uk
Increasingly, poets are doing just that. At least, the most striking of recent collections are taking on the realities of conflict and division, and for a moment there seems to be less room for introspective or brooding poems. For example, “the world ...


New York Daily News

Bronx woman hopes poetry will push people to the polls
New York Daily News
BY DENIS SLATTERY. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS. A YOUNG Bronx woman is using her pen to push people to the polls. Crystal Valentine, 20, was named New York City Youth Poet Laureate after a rousing reading of her poem “A Voter's Problem” at a ...


The 50 Best Independent Fiction and Poetry Books of 2014
Flavorwire
2014 will go down as a landmark year in independent literature, chiefly because a few longstanding “trends” or “developments” are hardening into verifiable traits of fiction and poetry beyond Big Publishing. To begin with, independent poetry, noted ...


The Guardian

Clive Palmer's poetry unearthed and it's, er, well-meaning
The Guardian
Palmer's book of poetry, Dreams, Hopes and Reflections, was published in 1981 under the name F Clive Palmer when the mining magnate, and possible billionaire, was 26. It is not known how many copies survive, but when one happened to cross Guardian ...

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The WSU Sign Post

Poetry slam furthers change in Ogden community
The WSU Sign Post
The Champions' Slam, in which all competitors must have won at least one poetry slam before or have had their works published, was organized by Weber State students, Westminster's Slam Poetry Club and the non-profit group Wasatch Wordsmiths.


Corny Kickoff Poetry is Moving On...Mostly
Corn Nation
Your usual rhyme smorgasbord where we focus on the future (mostly) with a special thank you to the seniors.  Tweet Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook  Share Share with Cornhuskers friends 3 Comments. Alright everyone - your assignment, ...

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How Poetry Gave Me a Voice
Huffington Post
Why would teens go to the library to read poetry when they can easily be on Facebook, clicking away at their notifications? Why would teens read, or even write poetry, when they could be liking photos on Instagram or watching music videos on YouTube?


The Atlantic

The Last Rock-Star Poet
The Atlantic
“Poetry is dead!” cried John Berryman, emerging in distraction from the Manhattan hospital room that Dylan Thomas had just exited by another, more conclusive route. Poetry had been unconscious for four days, as a result of alcohol and then morphine.


RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

'What Rhymes With Islamic State?' Militants Express Ideology Through Poetry
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
When Chilean poet Pablo Neruda wrote that poetry was an "act of peace," he presumably did not envisage that the art form would one day be taken up by violent Islamist extremists. Though many media reports have highlighted how Western Islamic State ...

Google News

Daybreak at Pikes Creek [a Poem]

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now is not the time to open open that great... Read More

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Two Poems: Black Poncho, and Spirits of de Copan [in English and Spanish]

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Anne Bradstreet, To My Dear and Loving Husband, A Discussion

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In Poetry: Meaning of Words [And ...Rocket-belt]

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The Game of Life

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A Dose of Laughter

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The Poets Corner [Three Poems with a review]

The Poet's Corner [Three poem/ see review of poetry under... Read More

Uamaks Aquatic [suspense: now in Spanish and English]

Delicately, my mind was selecting a muffled tune, out of... Read More

Two Poems: San Jeronimo Brook & [in English and Spanish]

Fair Andes! Thy arms reach highOf iron-woven solid stone Thu... Read More

The Goat and the Rope [a Poem: in Spanish and English]

The Goat and the Ropewhere there were devils I saw... Read More

Welcome to the Town of Feeling

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Birthday Messages

I WANTED TO SAY IT WITH A BUNCH OF FLOWERS... Read More

Kens Poem

How wonderfully sweet to be a dweller dwelling... Read More

Five Mixed Poems, with Notes [now is Spanish and English]

1.Night in Jamaica [Peruvianism: 1810]It was a rainy night... Read More

A Death in Cajamarca, Peru (Atahualpa, in Cajamarca ((in English and Spanish))

The Epic Poem:A Death in Cajamarca, Peru [Atahualpa, in Cajamarca]Advance:... Read More