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

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How Poetry and Math Intersect
These features of mathematics and poetry can make them daunting and frustrating for students. “If a student sees only one meaning and the intent is to exploit another meaning, it seems manipulative or unfair,” says Growney. But Growney's approach to ...

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PBS NewsHour

In every vital moment, poetry is alive and well | PBS NewsHour
PBS NewsHour
Is poetry dead, too slow for our wired, sound-bitten world? Even if poetry is no more, says David Gewanter, then it still leaves its DNA lying around, or moves like a virus passing from body to body, playing witness to our most vital moments. Gewanter ...

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Houston Public Media

National Poetry Month: “Wire” By Bucky Rea
Houston Public Media
Bucky Rea is founder of Invisible Lines, a troupe of poets who put other people's poetry on stage. Shows have included the works of Robin Davidson, Debra Mathes, Salvador Macias, Samira Noorali, Alice Alsup, Savannah Blue, and Edgar Allan Poe. Rea ...

NPR Poetry Month: Andrea Davis Pinkney
As we celebrate NPR Poetry Month, we've noticed that our Twitter hashtag - #nprpoetry - has attracted some young poets. And we know that teachers around the country sometimes use our Twitter callout to get their students writing. So with that in mind ...

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New York Magazine

NEA Tries to Boot Refugee Student From National Poetry Competition
New York Magazine
A high-school student in Maine is suing the National Endowment for the Arts after the agency disqualified him from a poetry contest because he isn't an American citizen or green card holder. Allan Monga, a junior at Portland's Deering High School, fled ...
Maine Asylum-Seeker Fights For His Right To PoetryVermont Public Radio

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PBS NewsHour

A poet's love letters to the outdoors
PBS NewsHour
She earned her BA and MFA from The Ohio State University and was a Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is the author of Miracle Fruit (2003), winner of the ForeWord Magazine Poetry Book of the Year and the ...


Whats happening on Poetry Day Ireland? (press release) (blog)
Fired! present A Celebration of Irish Women Poets at the Writers Museum introduced by Prof. Lucy Collins (2.30pm). Poets Meave O'Sullivan and Anne Tannam will read in Cabra Library at 6.30pm with the audience invited to share a poem too. For those ...
Mud Season, a Poetry Reading - Buckrail, Jackson Hole NewsBuckrail

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Bangor Daily News

Maine's Allan Monga recites two poems but does not make final round
Press Herald
The Maine high school student who won a court battle to participate in a national poetry recital got his shot at the competition Tuesday morning, but failed to advance beyond the opening round. Allan Monga, a junior at Deering High School in Portland ...
Watch: Maine teen competes in national poetry contestBangor Daily News

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Marquette Wire

Professors dish on favorite poems for poetry month
Marquette Wire
As part of National Poetry Month, Poem in Your Pocket Day — celebrated on April 26, 2018 — was first started in 2002 by the Mayor's Office in New York City in partnership with the city's Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education. For six years it ...

'Poetry brings people together,' says Halifax's new poet laureate
The Halifax Regional Municipality's new poet laureate promises to use verse to unite the capital of Nova Scotia. Afua Cooper, an associate professor at Dalhousie University's department of sociology and social anthropology, was named to the two-year ...

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