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

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In The News:

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Poetry Beyond Bars: Poem-a-Day Highlights Work of Incarcerated Writers  Book RiotFor five days this February, Poem-a-Day shared the work of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated writers in a series curated by poet Clint Smith.
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As the city's iconic poet turns 100, the Beat Generation celebrates in San Francisco  CNNAs firebrand poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti turns 100, we explore the pockets of Beat Generation culture still alive in his beloved San Francisco.
Poetry on display at Door County Libraries in April  DoorCountyDailyNews.comThe art of poetry has been around for millennia and Door County libraries will be celebrating it in the month of April. Professional poets including Door County's ...
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'Every Thing Every Time' builds poetry from the smart city  EngadgetJust opposite the Austin Convention Center there's a mechanical split-flap display -- the kind you might see in a 20th century train station -- propped on a sli...
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Houston Kicks Off Its First International Poetry Film Festival  Houston Public MediaA collaborative art form that is not often showcased by itself will now have its own festival in Houston.
DCU confers poet Paula Meehan with honorary doctorate  The Irish TimesA sneak preview of Saturday's books pages.
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The Poet of Poets: The One and Only One Mirza Assadullah Khan Ghalib  Kashmir ReaderMuhammad Nayyar Azam. “Hain dunya mae aur be sukhan war bahut achae. Kehtae hain Ghalib ka ha andaaze bayan aur”. One of the most influential figures ...
Poet Urvashi Bahuguna On Her Debut ‘Terrarium’ and Its Inspirations  HuffPost IndiaUrvashi Bahuguna's debut poetry collection, Terrarium, is the poetry of our planet. While deeply rooted in the Indian imagery of mangoes, mud and monsoons, ...
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KidsPost contest: Go nuts for poetry in the Squirrel Haiku Contest  The Washington PostWe're celebrating National Poetry Month and Squirrel Week by showcasing your creativity.
VERSeFest announces new poet laureates to serve as Ottawa's 'cultural ambassadors'  Ottawa CitizenTwo years after Ottawa's poet laureate program was resurrected following a nearly 30-year hiatus, the city is welcoming two new poets to the post.
Poetic License: 8 young poets speak their truth in anxious times  CBC.caAs the world around us grows more and more uncertain, eight young poets speak their truth in the third season of the CBC Arts series Poetic License.
Volcano Art Center to Host Poetry Reading  Big Island NowVolcano Art Center will host an evening of poetry on Thursday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. at its Ni'aulani Campus in Volcano Village. Authors Joseph Harrington and ...
The Sunday Programme returns with Rita Ann Higgins  RTE.ieIn the first programme, Olivia O'Leary meets the inimitable Rita Ann Higgins, and Laurence O'Dwyer reads from his debut collection.
Poetry In Motion  Waupaca County NewsPublisher's Letter Dear Reader,. Poetry may not be as popular as it once was in comparison to other literary genres. Stories of murder, mayhem and mystery fly ...
World Poetry Day 2019: 28 of the most powerful lines ever written  The IndependentOn World Poetry Day, falling on 21 March, we recognise the moving spirit of poetry and its transformative effect on culture. Here are a small collection of singular ...
American Life in Poetry: ‘Happiness’  The Spokesman-ReviewThis poem by Richard Jarrette, a Californian, takes on not only the description of an old house, but what might have happened there and what might happen ...
Woman with mental disabilties inspires others with poetry  Laurinburg ExchangeLAURINBURG — Sometimes inspiration and healing come with the flick of a pen. Shelisha Campbell uses poetry to fight the challenges in her life with…
This famous British poet gave up the thing dearest to him for Lent  Aleteia ENGiving up something for Lent? The more you love something, the greater the sacrifice. For some, it might be almost impossible to go without a daily cup of coffee.
Tamizh on my timeline  The Hindu BusinessLineOldTamilPoetry is Chenthil Nathan's daily dollop of Sangam-era poetry and wisdom.
Poetry Reading  Ohio Wesleyan UniversityDELAWARE, Ohio – Poet, filmmaker, and artist D.A. Powell is known for his concentration on contemporary culture and topics related to the AIDS crisis.
Poetizer: A Czech social network for poetry lovers  The Manila TimesHARD as it is to believe, there are people today who still see poetry as a literary form that elitist white men used in the past to articulate their thoughts on nature ...
The Fall 2019 Valentino Collection Included Poetry From Greta Bellamacina, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Mustafa The Poet, and Robert Montgomery  VogueLove was in the air at Valentino's Fall 2019 show today. A week after the Oscars, Pierpaolo Piccioli's focus shifted from Gemma Chan's couture and Frances ...
Hay’s Daze: Simple poetry captures the wonder of spring  Red Deer Advocate“It's about darn time!” This is a phrase I've heard bandied about, on account of the fact this week marked the first day of spring. Also, it marked the rare use of the ...
UA Poetry Centerites for criminal justice reform with arts grant  Arizona Daily WildcatThe University of Arizona Poetry Center is using a new grant from the Art for Justice Fund to promote social justice through art.
Ekphrastic exhibition for Poetry Month - Belfast - Waldo - Republican Journal  Republican JournalBelfast — April is National Poetry Month, and the Belfast Free Library will mark it with an exhibit and an open reading. The creative work of Marjorie Arnett and ...
Poetry  The Daily StarSomeplace Else A morning perennially haunted by the memories of lovemaking coils into the warm bed of an old couple A river wildly drunk with the flute of Bari ...
‘The Queen of Jasmine Country’ review: the poetry of pining  The HinduAndal's is a difficult character arc to draw, but the author is careful in her craft.
Latai honours distinguished poets  The Daily StarLatai organised a prize-giving ceremony for the third consecutive year, titled, 'Chhorashahitto Puroskar Prodan Anushthan' on March 23 at Bishwo Shahitto ...
New poetry that grapples with climate change  Yale Climate ConnectionsThere's something like a perverse poetry to climate change. In its all-encompassing largeness it defies straightforward description, inspires awe and terror, and ...
Poetry spot: 'Two Sonnets for October 5th 1996' by Joel Salcido  AZCentralPoetry spot is part of a collaboration with local poets to bring poetry closer to the center of our everyday lives.
National Poetry Day sees growing support | Entertainment  Jamaica GleanerIn recognition of National Poetry Day on March 21, the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ), in association with Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison, hosted the second ...
23 March: Resolution Day, SMS, Poetry, Speeches & Parade  The PostSend SMS and poetry to resolute once again on Pakistan Resolution Day 23 March. Get here Speeches and Military Parade videos on this special day.
Saskatoon poet named the province's first Youth Poet Laureate  Regina Leader-PostAlasdair Rees has been named the first Saskatchewan Youth Poet Laureate and Bruce Rice is this year's Saskatchewan Poet Laureate.
Canberra poet is touched by songs based on his works  The AgePoems from John Passant's two collections have been set to music by Milena Cifali of Gippsland duo the Awesome on a new CD being launched soon.
Saying Goodbye to the Poets Who Gave Me My Life  TheTyee.caLane, Leggo, Rosenblatt, Merwin — how do I repay such a large debt?
Field Museum's First Poet-in-Residence to Host Pop-Up Poetry Stations  WTTW NewsEric Elshtain, the Field Museum's first-ever poet-in-residence, interacts with a group of children in the museum's Stanley Field Hall. (John Weinstein / The Field ...
Seattle poet to speak at Lithgow Public Library  Lewiston Sun JournalAUGUSTA — Robert Nash, a mysterious figure and local poet, lived in Augusta in the 1980s and disappeared into the Maine woods in 1995. His body was ...
Vancouver Island poet Patrick Lane dies at 79  Vancouver SunPatrick Lane's accolades include the Governor General's Award for Poetry for Poems New and Selected, the Canadian Authors Association Award, and three ...
Rape Crisis Center Hosting Poetry Reading for Sexual Assault Awareness Month  The BuchteliteThe Rape Crisis Center of Medina and Summit Counties is hosting a poetry night on April 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union Starbucks ...
Bosque School student is New Mexico's poetry champ  KOBMarian Camacho March 20, 2019 12:25 PM. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A student from Bosque School will represent the state of New Mexico in the national finals ...
Kamal Kumar Tanti's poems present the politics and poignance of being marginalised in a distant land  Scroll.inThe Assamese poet Kamal Kumar Tanti won the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar in the year 2012 for his book of poems, Marangburu Amar Pita. The phrase ...
Works of Justice: The Reality Poets on “Wheeling and Healing”  PEN AmericaWorks of Justice is an online series that features *content* connected to the PEN America Prison and Justice Writing Program, reflecting on the relationship ...
World Poetry Day: Four spoken word poets reflect on love, our cities and friendships  FirstpostOn World Poetry Day, a throwback to the Firstpost Poetry Project which showcased the art and creative process of four individuals — Ankita Shah, Ramneek ...
Poet as painter  Trinidad NewsA PASSION for words was not the only thing Derek Walcott inherited from his father. Warwick Walcott, a civil servant, was also a painter. Though he died young, ...
Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry, No. 6  Cleveland SceneThis is the sixth in a monthly series by Dave Lucas, the Poet Laureate of the State of Ohio. You can read the September Installment, (No. 1), here; the October ...
Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry, No. 7  Cleveland SceneThis is the seventh column in a monthly series by Dave Lucas, the Poet Laureate of the State of Ohio. You can read his previous...
Women speak out with poetry in celebration of International Women's Day  The Daily Tar HeelVisual artist Nancy Smith stands by her painting "From the Depths of the Earth" in her home studio on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Nancy's paintings, which were ...
This new ghazal by Javed Akhtar is a clarion call for writers to wield their pens in dark times  Scroll.inOn March 16, the 53rd edition of the Shankar-Shad Mushaira took place at Modern School, Barakhamba Road in Delhi. With over 15 leading poets, the annual ...
€10,000 Moth Poetry Prize shortlist revealed  The Irish Times'All this manifested talent made it agonising' – judge Jacob Polley. Read the four contenders.
St. John’s poet laureate Mary Dalton aims to ‘foreground’ poetry in city  The TelegramOn World Poetry Day this Thursday, St. John's poet laureate Mary Dalton will host a celebration of poets and poetry in the capital city. - Juanita Mercer/The ...
Joni Mitchell to Release Book of Lyrics, Poetry, and Paintings  PitchforkIn 1971, Joni Mitchell crafted one hundred copies of Morning Glory on the Vine—a book compiling handwritten lyrics, poems, and over thirty of Mitchell's ...

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