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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New York Times

Rod McKuen, Poet and Lyricist With Vast Following, Dies at 81
New York Times
Rod McKuen, a ubiquitous poet, lyricist and songwriter whose work met with immense commercial success if little critical esteem, died on Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 81. Mr. McKuen, who died at a rehabilitation center, had been ill with ...
Songwriter, Poet Rod McKuen Dies At 81NPR (blog)
Rod McKuen, Oscar-Nominated Songwriter And Bestselling Poet, Dead At 81Huffington Post
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Business Insider

This Website Will Turn Your Tweets Into Poetry
Business Insider
Once you sign in, Poetweet gives you the option of transforming your 140-character missives into three types of poems: a sonnet (popularized by Shakespeare), rondel (French lyric poetry), or indriso (a format created by Spanish poet Isidro Iturat ...
Poetweet: A website that turns your tweets into poetryLos Angeles Times
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Irish Times

Poetry Now shortlist for best single volume by Irish poet
Irish Times
The shortlist for this year's Irish Times Poetry Now Award has been announced.The award, now in its 20th year, is presented for the best single volume of poetry by an Irish poet. The winner of the €2,000 prize, which is sponsored by The Irish Times ...


New York Times

Fallen Journalist Finds Solace and Success in Poetry
New York Times
She is Patricia Smith, Staten Island's literary sensation, a poet, an English professor and a star on the national stage. Last month, she won the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, awarded by the Library of Congress to luminaries such ...


An able administrator with a passion for poetry
The Hindu
An able administrator, poet and writer and a good public speaker all rolled into one person that is Dr. P. Seshadri, Additional Joint Collector, who has many awards and rewards to his credit for public service and poetic compilations. Calm and composed ...

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Documenting the Rise of the Los Angeles Poetry Scene
KCET
Carrying on the spirit of preserving Literary Los Angeles from last week's essay, this week L.A. Letters spotlights a two-tiered project that includes both a book and documentary. Sophie Rachmuhl's new book, "A Higher Form of Politics: The Rise of a ...


The State

Allen University formally opens its Langston Hughes Poetry House
The State
“To have a library that is intentionally focused on poetry and literature from the African-American experience and the African diaspora is a fantastic resource,” said Dawes, a former USC professor who now teaches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln ...

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New York Observer

Queens' First Poet Laureate Turns 100, Gets a Day Named After Him
New York Observer
But celebrating your 100th birthday is one good way to make it happen, especially if you're the first poet laureate of Queens. As of this morning, Borough President Melinda Katz has issued a Proclamation declaring Friday, January 30, 2015 as Stephen ...


The Guardian

Poetry Puh-lease – review: the artform that's easy to mock
The Guardian
On the grounds of pretentious self-importance, is there any other artform easier to mock than poetry? Kevin Eldon (Jam, Knowing Me Knowing You) delves deep in the epic, three-hour long documentary Poetry Puh-lease (Radio 4 Extra) that manages to both ...


The Advocate

Westhill students demonstrate poetry prowess
The Advocate
Nastasja Haughton recites I Am Trying to Break Your Heart by Kevin Young during the Poetry Out Loud competition at Westhill High School on Thursday, January 29, 2015. This is the first year Westhill has entered the contest and Haughton, who won, and ...

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