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:


Patch.com

Sarah Lawrence College Launches John and Penny Barr Poetry Reading Series
Patch.com
Sarah Lawrence College is launching the John and Penny Barr Poetry Reading Series, a new offering celebrating the “ever-changing art of contemporary poetry.” Award-winning poet Joshua Mehigan, a graduate of the Sarah Lawrence College's MFA ...


Wilkes Barre Times-Leader

Wilkes Univsersity hosts launch for 2015 Poetry in Transit program at Barnes ...
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
Drawing inspiration from London's Poems on the Underground and New York City's Poetry in Motion, the program showcases the work of local poets on Luzerne County Transportation Authority (LCTA) busses and runs for an entire year with poems rotating ...


The New Yorker

Ecstasy of Influence
The New Yorker
Emerson paved the way for poets of genius, but his own brilliance lay elsewhere. Credit Illustration by Roman Muradov. In January of 1842, Ralph Waldo Emerson's firstborn child, Waldo, contracted scarlet fever and died within a week. He was five. He ...


University of Arkansas Newswire

McCombs Wins Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize
University of Arkansas Newswire
Davis McCombs, director of the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation, has been awarded the 2015 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize by the University of Utah Press for his collection lore. Selected for the award by acclaimed poet ...
Professor receives Porter literary prizeNorthwest Arkansas News

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Telegraph.co.uk

PJ Kavanagh, poet - obituary
Telegraph.co.uk
He chose the country in which to do his poetic work, but was no facile nature poet. Equally, he was a convinced Catholic but his religion was not easy. He demonstrated in his poems that by looking intently, the unseen becomes more obviously real ...


The Independent

Charles Tomlinson: Poet and translator whose writing was influenced and ...
The Independent
As well as his many collections of poems, Charles Tomlinson, that most internationally inclined of English versifiers, published literary criticism and translations from the works of other poets and edited the Oxford Book of Verse in English ...
Open mic nights are a Toledo hallmarkToledo Blade
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'101 Great American Poems': Familiar poems and more, poems to keep and rememberExaminer.com

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The Indian Express

What poetry has to do with math
The Indian Express
Over the past year, I have heard my friend, mathematician Manjul Bhargava, give several public lectures on the deep connections between poetry, Sanskrit and mathematics. Like many other mathematicians before him who have written or spoken on this topic ...


Women's Voices for Change

Poetry Sunday: “Unicorn in Captivity,” by Marion Dornell
Women's Voices for Change
I met Marion Dornell when she attended a class I gave a talk for, at the invitation of poet Robin Becker (see Poetry Sunday feature), a professor at Penn State. It was 2010, the year my first book came out. I did a number of readings in my home state ...


Riverfront Readings, the Writers Place and South Branch Library Poetry Event
Kansas City infoZine
Her book of poetry, Sílabas de viento/Syllables of Wind, received the 2015 International Book Award for Best Book of Poetry. It also received Honorable Mention for Best Book of Poetry in Spanish in the 2015 International Latino Book Awards. Caraza ...


RollingStone.com

Inside Bill Murray's 'Secret' Love of Poetry
RollingStone.com
In his youth, Bill Murray wrote poetry, although he's been wise enough not to share it with the world. "Everything rhymed," he's said of those juvenile efforts, a sentence halfway between a brag and a confession. In recent years, the actor has become a ...

Google News

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