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:


Emeryville Wants Your Poetry
East Bay Express (blog)
The City of Emeryville seeks your best villanelle, sonnet, haiku, free verse, or any other kind of poetry you deign to write (as long as it doesn't exceed fifteen lines) for its new contest, Poems on the Emery Go-Round. The Poet Laureate program of ...


Music Times

Jack White Launches Third Man Books, Announces Poetry Collection 'Language ...
Music Times
As reported by Rolling Stone, the first release from Third Man Books will be Language Lessons: Volume I, a collection of prose and poetry featuring the work of Dale Ray Phillips, CD Wright, Adrian Matejka, and non-fiction pieces by punk musicians ...
Third Man Records Enters 'Universe of Publishing' With Language LessonsNashville Scene
Jack White's Third Man Records Starts Publishing WingRollingStone.com
Third Man Records Launches Publishing Wing, Unveils Its First BookElmore Magazine
Diffuser.fm -Entertainment Weekly -Exclaim!
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New York Times

Does Poetry Matter?
New York Times
“Poetry is the weak sister of its sibling arts,” writes David Orr in Sunday's New York Times Book Review, which is dedicated to contemporary poetry. Orr argues that every tool – including celebrity writers – could be used in the effort to persuade us ...
Is an Ironic Review of James Franco's Poetry the Best 'The New York Times ...Flavorwire

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Hillary Clinton's new book isn't poetry. But the Amazon reviews of it sure are.
Washington Post (blog)
Hillary Rodham Clinton's account of her time at the State Department, "Hard Choices," and Ed Klein's more tabloid-y account of her relationship with President Obama have been duking it out on the New York Times bestseller list. We have yet to learn ...

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Chapel Hill teen's 'Dream' wins poetry contest
Chapel Hill News
CHAPEL HILL — Voices, the Chapel Hill Chorus, recently announced Natalie Sherman-Jollis as the winner of its “American Dreams” high school poetry competition. Sherman-Jollis recently completed her sophomore year at East Chapel Hill High School.

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New York Times

James Franco, Poet
New York Times
And Graywolf, while one of the best publishers of American poetry, is probably not in a position to pay Franco an enormous advance or put him in front of the Oprah audience. This book is intended for real poetry readers, all five of them, as well as ...

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KGOU

Small Scenes, Big Issues: Poet Captures Day-to-Day Existence In U.S., Venezuela
KGOU
Venezuelan poet Arturo Gutierrez-Plaza has spent his career crafting poems exploring the scenes of everyday life. He told KGOU's World Views he views poetry as a way to maintain the experience of childhood discovery as you learn new words, and how to ...


Adam Duritz performs poetry to sold-out Meijer Gardens crowd
The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.com
The easy answer is lead singer. But watching him guide his seven-member band through its set at Frederik Meijer Gardens amphitheater was more like watching a type of sonneteer at a musical poetry slam. Known for his autobiographical lyrics with more ...


Philadelphia Public School Notebook (blog)

Brave new voices ring out for poetry competition in Philly
Philadelphia Public School Notebook (blog)
About 450 young poets from around the country are in Philadelphia as part of the 17th annual Brave New Voices competition and conference. Fifty teams from as many cities around the country will face off in a tournament of performances in 10 venues ...
Bermuda Poetry Team Impress in PhiladelphiaBernews

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Daily News & Analysis

Author Raza Mir writes a guide to Urdu poetry
Daily News & Analysis
Want to fully understand the nuances of an Urdu couplet enchanted by its spoken cadence? A new book on Urdu poetry provides an introduction for beginners as well as connoisseurs to the poems of legends like Mirza Ghalib and Mir Taqi Mir to the lyrics ...
A guide to treasure trove of Urdu poetryFree Press Journal

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