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

In The News:


Otago Daily Times

Montana Poet Laureate visits fair poetry contest
Ravalli Republic
Poetry is a natural response to our world, connects our fragmented lives and ties us to the generations before and after us, Montana Poet Laureate Tami Halland said Thursday during the poetry contest at the Ravalli County Fair. Authors read their poems ...
Prize winning poet pleasedOtago Daily Times

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The Guardian (blog)

How we made The War Poetry of Wilfred Owen app for iPad
The Guardian (blog)
The concept for an app based on the war poetry of Wilfred Owen came as the result of reading a very early e-book containing a collection of his work. While I appreciated the portability of an e-book, I felt that such powerful and moving words could be ...


The Guardian (blog)

Desmond O'Grady – a great citizen of world poetry
The Guardian (blog)
There is a scene in Fellini's La Dolce Vita, the fourth night episode, in which a group of intellectuals sit around reading poetry and looking suitably serious. One of them is an Irish poet, a part played by an actual Irish poet, Desmond O'Grady, who ...


NPR (blog)

Book News: Former Poet Laureate Robert Hass Wins $100000 Poetry Prize
NPR (blog)
Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Hass has won the $100,000 Wallace Stevens prize for "outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry" from the Academy of American Poets. Hass is much-lauded: he was a MacArthur Fellow, won a National Book Award ...


Scotsman

The international language of poetry
Scotsman
The two themes at StAnza 2014 – Words Under Fire, and A Common Wealth of Poetry – caught the moment very well, from the launch by Louis de Bernières, featuring the American Iraq veteran Brian Turner, to the festival finale, and many poets from the ...
18th Poetry Africa International Poetry FestivalArtslink.co.za News (press release)

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Poetry Podcast: Lucie Brock-Broido Reads Franz Wright
The New Yorker
This month on the Poetry Podcast, Lucie Brock-Broido reads “Recurring Awakening,” by Franz Wright. The poem, an elegy, exemplifies Wright's tendency to infuse solemn subjects with electrifying imagery and language. I find myself walking along

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Limerick writers' Poetry and Prose
Limerick Post
THE ENERGY hub that is Limerick Writers' Centre is behind two coming events that are open to all interested in literary matters. First up is the launch of Evelyn Casey's book of poetry, 'Not My Life Story – But the Next Best Thing', taking place on ...


New York Times (blog)

Robert Hass Wins $100000 Poetry Prize
New York Times (blog)
Robert Hass, who served as poet laureate of the United States in the mid-1990s, and won a National Book Award in 2007 and a Pulitzer Prize in 2008, has now also won the Wallace Stevens Award, a $100,000 cash stipend given by the Academy of American ...

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The vivid, sometimes vulgar poetry of Catullus fuels MTSU composer Michael ...
Nashville Scene
The Roman poet Catullus' affair with his mistress Lesbia may not be the greatest love story in the history of Western literature. But it's surely the most human. The 25 poems that the youthful patrician wrote to his older (and married) lover explore ...


Creative Loafing Atlanta

Natasha Trethewey places poetry archive at Emory
Creative Loafing Atlanta
Former two-term U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey is placing her archive at Emory University, where she is an English professor and director of the Creative Writing Program. Her archive is housed in the university's Manuscript Archives and Rare Book ...
Former US Poet Laureate Trethewey places her archive at EmoryEmory University News and Events
Emory gets Poet Laureate Trethewey's papersAtlanta Journal Constitution

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Google News

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