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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PBS NewsHour (blog)

Poet creates first class for transgender poetry
PBS NewsHour (blog)
Trace Peterson, a poet at the forefront of the push for transgender representation in poetry, will soon pioneer what she says is the country's first course in transgender poetry. The course, which she will teach at Hunter College this fall, is part of ...


Deutsche Welle

Vincent van Gogh meets techno poetry
Deutsche Welle
Vincent van Gogh meets techno poetry. He sold just one painting during his own lifetime. Yet 125 years after his death on July 29, 1890, the Dutch painter still continues to inspire. See how technology is breathing new life into his works ...

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Berkeleyside

Rent increase may force Poetry Flash to move
Berkeleyside
Poetry Flash, a Berkeley-based poetry magazine established in 1972, faces a threat to its existence from a rent hike that could be as high as 27%. According to editor and publisher Joyce Jenkins, the landlord has sent her a letter stating that he ...

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Vallejo woman named city's first poet laureate
Vallejo Times Herald
Brice, who was born in Oakland but raised in Vallejo, first introduced the poet laureate program to the city about three years ago after regularly attending Benicia's poetry meet up organized by its poet laureate program. “Everyone has it, but why not ...


CBS Local

International Youth Poetry Champions Are Philadelphia Hometown Heroes
CBS Local
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia team is the new International Youth Poetry Slam Champion. Philly Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM) won the finals of the Brave New Voices (BVN) competition in Atlanta, last week. It's the third time the group has ...
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Teen born with HIV aims to win national poetry contest
WALB-TV
A teen born with HIV needs your vote to win a national poetry contest to raise awareness about the virus. 16-year-old Kayla Quimbley is one of six young finalists in the Aids Healthcare Foundation Speak Out Poetry Contest. If she wins, Quimbley will ...

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DNAinfo

Does poetry still matter?
The Philadelphia Tribune
That's because poetry, once a preeminent form of entertainment, has long since receded to the far, dusty corners of popular culture. Most Americans don't encounter poetry in the course of their daily lives. Most mainstream magazines don't publish it.
Watch Hundreds of Poets Perfom on Governors Island This WeekendDNAinfo

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Sioux City Journal

A diverse love of poetry: USD professor named South Dakota Poet Laureate
Sioux City Journal
VERMILLION, S.D. | After spreading her love of poetry and writing to University of South Dakota students for 15 years, professor Lee Ann Roripaugh will have a chance -- indeed, an obligation -- to expand her passion across the state. On July 1 ...


Celebrity Poetry Slam: Donald Trump!
PerezHilton.com
Donald Trump is running for President AND dropping this poem! You're welcome! Check out more Perez Toons HERE: http://perezhilton.com/category/perez-toons. Tags: celebrity poetry slam, donald trump, exclusives!, perez toons, pereztv, youtube.

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The New York City Poetry Festival Expands on Governors Island
New York Times
Now in its fifth year, the free weekend-long New York City Poetry Festival on Governors Island continues to grow — organizers are expecting 4,000 people this year — and gathers a book fair, food trucks, around 50 vendors and a children's festival on ...

Google News

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