Live For Today...

Isn't that what they say?
But what does that mean?
There's no definition that may
answer that question...

For everyone everywhere
Because it's all about what you
feel in your heart and share
with the important people in your life...

I honestly believe it means
you should make choices
that will never let you seem
to wonder "What if...?"

Or ask yourself questions like
"Why am I not happy?"
"Where did I wrong?"
How can my life be...

So unfulfilling
and depressing
day after day
continually stressing...

Me out to the point
of no return or worse
when I think there's
simply a real curse...

On my existence
as silly as it sounds...
If you can't shake it
The feelings will compound...

And lead you to a tragic
internal, premature death
of emotions and real living
that will always be less...

Satisfying and true
than living for today
in a way that may
make you feel all new...

Each and every morning
despite the world around you
your life will not be dreary...
And you will never have to -

Wonder what could have been
if only you'd taken a chance
and lived in the moment
and treasured the dance...

Of your life that's not eternal
embracing the small things
that may come unexpectedly
and give you unknown wings...

To soar above
the mundane and boring
To choose the path
that's worth exploring...

Remember you only
walk this world one time
make it a valuable trip
filled with the sublime...

You'll probably regret what you
choose not to do a lot more
than what you decide to try
so do not close the door...

On the unknown
Go the extra mile
Take some risks
and you will smile...

When you look back
on the life you made
You will not lack
in delight or...

Have to ask yourself
Why? Why? Why?
Did I allow the years
to fly quickly by...

Without enjoying my days
to the fullest extent
and making each moment
more than well-spent?

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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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Stephen King, Falling, and My Fathers Poetry
Daily Beast
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Huffington Post
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Wisconsin Poetry Festival Oct. 10-11
Daily Union
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Slate Magazine (blog)

Why Does English Use "Iambic Pentameter" and Other Greek Poetic Terms?
Slate Magazine (blog)
In fact, English poetry was historically based entirely on stress, and we can still see this in certain nursery rhymes. For example, here's Hey Diddle Diddle (a poem that, incidently, can be translated into ASL) with the stressed parts bolded and with ...

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The West Australian

(Art)work: English professor curates artistry in poetry
UTDailyBeacon.com
University of Tennessee poetry professor Arthur Smith knew he was going to be a poet when he was 17 years old. In what he calls a "mystical experience," Smith heard his high school English teacher read "Do not go gentle into that good night" by Dylan ...
Poet reaches across timeThe West Australian
R.T. Smith's book of new and selected poems reflects the arc of his careerAugusta Free Press

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Poetry review | Gabriel: Father struggles to find meaning in son's death
Columbus Dispatch
Gabriel, the son of poet Edward Hirsch, died on Aug. 27, 2011, at age 22. Hurricane Irene was making landfall in New York. The previous evening, Gabriel went to a party in New Jersey, where he took GHB (known in the vernacular as “grievous bodily harm”).


2 Pulitzer Prize poetry winners to read at VCU event Wednesday
Richmond Times-Dispatch
On Wednesday in VCU's Student Commons, Emerson and Natasha Trethewey, a poet who teaches at Emory University in Atlanta, will participate in a reading and public conversation as part of the College of Humanities and Sciences Speakers Series.


The Guardian

'Next Generation' of 20 hotly-tipped poets announced by Poetry Book Society
The Guardian
Next Generation Poets 2014 The coming generation … back row from left: Luke Kennard, Rebecca Goss, Sean Borodale, Tara Bergin, Helen Mort, Sam Willetts, Jane Yeh, Hannah Lowe, Heather Phillipson, Emily Berry (sitting on chair). Sitting front row left ...
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