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

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Edward Hirsch on the 'soul-making activity' of poetry
Washington Post (blog)
The celebrated poet and teacher Edward Hirsch spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday night about “Gabriel,” his upcoming book about the death of his 22-year-old son. His comments came toward the end of “The Life of a Poet,” a presentation at the ...

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'Become Iraqi to become a poet': Arbil poetry festival builds bridges
Al-Arabiya
In his poem “Nothing but Iraq” the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish wrote: “For poetry is always being born in Iraq, so become Iraqi to become a poet, my friend.” With the first poets considered to stem from the region as far back as the ancient ...


Education Week News

What's Wrong With Poetry Books for Children: A Teacher's Lament
Education Week News
Take a perennial favorite, Shel Silverstein's Where the Sidewalk Ends. Because poetry lends itself to being read aloud, most teachers of young children (myself included) keep a copy of this beloved book on a shelf by the daily schedule, cover faced out ...
The Great Poets' Brawl of '68The New York Review of Books (blog)
Why Poetry MattersHuffington Post
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Poetry Pairing | 'The Salutation'
New York Times (blog)
Visit the Poetry Pairings page to find out more about our collaboration with the Poetry Foundation, and to read ideas for using any week's pairing for teaching and learning. Poetry Pairings, Poetry Pairings. Comments are moderated. FAQ ». Submit ...


Nashville Scene

Celebrate Poetry Month Tonight With Poetry Bomb and Poet's Corner
Nashville Scene
Technically, this event is titled “Poetry, Printmaking and Popsicles,” but we thought “Poetry Bomb” would better get your attention. Now that we have it, we should say it's actually the culmination of an event that's been going on all month — National ...


ACWC marks end of poetry month with jam, displays
The Daily News Online (blog)
PERRY – The Arts Council for Wyoming County, 31 South Main St., will celebrate the end of National Poetry Month this weekend with a poetry jam and exhibitions. A poetry open mic night begins at 7 p.m. Friday in the ACWC's Main Gallery. Writers and ...


Insert Bad Poetry Here
Harvard Crimson
When I was in seventh grade, I filled up pages and pages of notebook paper with teen angst—how misunderstood I was, the color of my crush's eyes (green, for the record), and how I dreamed of being somewhere other than middle school. I still have them ...


San Angelo LIVE!

ASU Professor Wins Poetry Award
San Angelo LIVE!
Dr. Chris Ellery, a professor of English in Angelo State University's Department of English and Modern Languages, has won first prize in the second annual Alexander and Dora Raynes Poetry Competition administered by Jewish Currents magazine.


Dodge Poetry Festival Set to Return to Newark
New York Times (blog)
The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, the biggest in North America, will be back for the third time at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, a city not often associated with iambic pentameter when the festival first announced it was coming ...
Chapman event celebrates National Poetry MonthSpartanburg Herald Journal
Poetry's Leading Voices Scheduled for Dodge Poetry FestivalPatch.com
ANOTHER KIND OF COURAGE, Celebration of Amiri Baraka, Brick City Voices ...Broadway World

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Poetry Month 2014: We Need Writers So We Can Continue to Exist
Huffington Post
We're past the halfway mark, but happy Poetry Month, anyway. It's still April after all. And while taxes (for most of us) are done, poetry is still going strong. And what a busy scene we have here in Detroit. All month, my poetry plate has 'runneth-ed ...

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