Kens Poem

How wonderfully sweet to be a dweller

dwelling on the road of goodbye.

Bittersweet tears fall as I think

of all the places I'll never see,

all the faces I'll never know,

all the joys I'll never share,

as I head for the unknown.

I have lived life as best I could,

met challenges head on,

drawing strength from an unseen source.

You cannot come with me on this journey

you can only stand and watch,

sometimes the more difficult task.

I know what I must do

and I will give myself a voice

drawn from the inward depths of my being.

 

For Ken

June 1, 2003

copyright Fran Watson

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In The News:


The Guardian

Poetry Brothel puts the bawd in bard
The Guardian
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NPR (blog)

Book News: Remembering Poet Galway Kinnell, Whose Song Said Everything
NPR (blog)
When Galway Kinnell accepted the post of Vermont's State Poet in 1989, the honor didn't come without a bit of polite disagreement. No writer had occupied the post since Robert Frost more than 25 years earlier, and with the revival came also a desire ...
Galway Kinnell, Plain-Spoken Poet, Is Dead at 87New York Times
Former state poet Galway Kinnell diesBurlingtonFreePress.com
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Statesman Journal

Art inspired by William Stafford's poetry on exhibit
Statesman Journal
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William Stafford Favorite Poem Project #2WilliametteLive.com

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The Villager

Poetry in the souls of those who least expect it
The Villager
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Poetry's ambassador
Elkin Jonesville Tribune
After engaging with contemporary poetry, Griffin said he decided he wanted to try writing some poetry of his own. He said the process was harder than he first imagined, but still something he thoroughly enjoys. He keeps a notebook with him all the time ...


Publishing Poetry in Translation: A Conversation With Lawrence Schimel
Huffington Post
Lawrence Schimel is the editor and publisher of A Midsummer Night's Press, an influential publisher of poetry. Founded by Schimel in New Haven, CT in 1991, A Midsummer Night's Press first published broadsides of poems by Nancy Willard, Joe Haldeman, ...

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Opelousas Daily World

Poet shares the joy of the spoken word with students
Opelousas Daily World
Opelousas High School recently hosted Alexis “Poetic Soul” Johnson to share the joys of writing and the spoken word. Johnson is the former poetry slam champion from Lafayette who presented at the International World Poetry Slam in 2009 and 2010.
Young Slam Poet Takes Aim At Substandard TeachingKERA News

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Poetry calls out from the screen at Silent River Film Fest
Los Angeles Times
Playhouses may be built for theater and clubs for music, but live poetry, by and large, borrows venues created for other means: coffeehouses, art galleries, college lecture halls. So when Worthington, one of three readers at the Silent River Film ...


Billy Collins, a poet they'll pay to see
STLtoday.com
It's been a while since poet Billy Collins came to read in St. Louis. In fact, it's been 17 years. Webster University professor David Clewell lured him to Edgar Road four years before Collins became national poet laureate. Before, as Clewell said this ...


Stars from heyday of DC's poetry slam scene gather for spoken word reunion
Washington Post
Silvana Straw marched onto the stage with a megaphone, calling out gentrifiers. Jeffrey McDaniel recalled the advantage of being white during a tense encounter with a D.C. police officer. Joel Dias-Porter (a.k.a. DJ Renegade) told of teaching in a ...

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