RISK

Do not be afraid to shine. This world needs what you have to give. Open up the areas of your being; expose them to yourself - to others. You are valuable. You are unique. You have much to give. Do not be afraid to give it.

As we risk ourselves, we grow. Each new experience is a risk: we can try, and maybe fail, and as a result, grow - or hold back and stagnate.

You have the potential to be anything you want to be! You are free to choose. You are limited only by your fears. Let your dreams take over, fly with the eagles, soar into life, the world is waiting for you!

Copyright 1987 Fran Watson

This poem was selected to be included the Motivational Poems at Words of Wisdom 4U.

For more poetry and stories you can go to Fran's webpage http://www.franwatson.ca

In The News:


Dozens of poets to read, talk at three-day Amherst Poetry Festival beginning ...
The Republican - masslive.com
AMHERST – For it's inaugural year, the Amherst Poetry Festival stretched over eight days, this year, the second is jam-packed into three with dozens of readings, panels and talks, not to mention the annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon. Michael ...


NPR

How One Poet's 'Genius Grant' Became A Gift To Future Generations
NPR
Chase helped Clampitt find a small, clapboard house that became the 72-year-old poet's first major purchase. The next year, Clampitt was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Chase reads from notes of conversations between Clampitt and her husband, Harold ...

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Poetry longlist for the National Book Award
Washington Post (blog)
“Gabriel” (Knopf), Edward Hirsch's devastating elegy for his son, who died at the age of 22, is among the books on the longlist for this year's National Book Award in Poetry. One of the most celebrated poets in the country, Hirsch wrote the popular ...
Poetry Longlist Announced for National Book AwardsABC News
National Book Award 2014 Longlist for Poetry Released, But It Missed These ...Bustle
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Publishers Weekly
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Read erotic poetry constructed exclusively from iPhone 6 reviews
The Verge
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Line by Line, E-Books Turn Poet-Friendly
New York Times
When John Ashbery, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, first learned that the digital editions of his poetry looked nothing like the print version, he was stunned. There were no line breaks, and the stanzas had been jammed together into a block of text ...

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National Book Foundation Names Poetry Finalists
New York Times (blog)
The National Book Foundation on Tuesday released its longlist of poetry nominees for the 2014 National Book Awards. Five finalists will be announced on Oct. 15, and the winners will be recognized at an awards gala on Nov. 19 that will be hosted by ...


FanSided

Blake Griffin Showcases His Dramatic Side with 'Slam Poetry' Commercials
Bleacher Report
... his long line of priceless television spots. In a commercial titled “Slam Poetry,” Griffin waxes poetic on some of the game's deeper subjects, including the transformative properties of tear-away pants and the knowing gaze of the promotional ...
Clippers' Blake Griffin drops some slam poetry in new ad campaignCBSSports.com
Blake Griffin shares his gift of spoken word poetrySportingNews.com
Watch Blake Griffin read slam poetry in new commercialsFOXSports.com
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New Pittsburgh Courier

UM Arabic poetry translator wins 'genius' grant
Detroit Free Press
U-M Professor Khaled Mattawa said he will use the grant to expand his Arabic poetry translations. Khaled Mattawa will receive a $625,000, no-strings-attached stipend paid over the next five years. Members of this year's MacArthur class join 897 other ...
Pittsburgh poet Terrance Hayes named MacArthur FellowPittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh poet among 2014 MacArthur 'genius grant' winnersNew Pittsburgh Courier
Local poet Terrance Hayes Wins “Genius Grant”PGH City Paper (blog)
The Ann Arbor News -ABC News
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Uttering the Holy: On Poetry and Politics
Huffington Post
It was this conversation I recalled as I read Juan Vidal's recent lament, "Where Have All the Poets Gone?" -- a provocative take-down of the current poetry establishment and, as such, a much-circulated essay in poetry circles. Mr. Vidal poses a number ...


Stephen King, ?Falling,? and My Father?s Poetry
Daily Beast
But what he did write with enormous passion and inspiration is poetry. And high school teachers today certainly could do worse than to teach “Falling.” The language, as you say, is rich. And as you know it's more than that. To read that poem is to ...

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