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Barriers

There are many times I set up barriers and walls, invisible unless you come too close, And then you hit them.

You wonder what happened.

You didn't know, I can't let you in.

I've lost the key to open the doors in the walls, and I don't know how To take them down.

Fran Watson Copyright © 2003

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

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PBS NewsHour

This acclaimed feminist poet sees practical magic in resistance
PBS NewsHour
But the incantatory poetry of “Trickster Feminism” is practical magic, Waldman's way of meditating on — and taking action against — what she says are increasingly difficult times. Waldman lives in New York City and was inspired by the almost weekly ...


Omaha World-Herald

Cleveland Evans: Phyllis flourished thanks to poetry, prose and TV
Omaha World-Herald
She began writing poetry around 1767. In 1773, the Wheatleys' son took Phillis to London, where a book of her poems was published. Shortly after, the Wheatleys freed Phillis. In 1775, she wrote a poem to George Washington, prompting him to meet her in ...


BuzzFeed News

Poetry: "Tamara"
BuzzFeed News
Tamara was the Flo-Jo of elementary school. If you were lucky, you'd catch a glimpse of her trailing hair before she reached the finish line. The boys constantly challenged her, pushing the endpoint farther and farther, demanding she tie her hair back,


11 Books Where Poetry and Politics Overlap
Signature Reads
Something curious has been happening in the world of books as of late: more and more people are reading poetry. There are a host of explanations as to why this might be happening, but among them is a kind of clarity. At a point in time when complex ...


'Drop By Drop': How Poetry Helped The US Military In Afghanistan
NPR
From the Rough Translation podcast, the story of an Air Force captain who seemed to hold the key to turning around the Afghan war, and why everything went wrong. ***Language advisory: the phrase "God damn it" appears at 5:05. It has been bleeped.***.

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KLCC FM Public Radio

Outgoing Oregon Poet Laureate Passes Baton To Portland Poet
KLCC FM Public Radio
Outgoing poet laureate Elizabeth Woody of Warm Springs is passing the baton this summer to Portland writer Kim Stafford. Woody, whose first language was Navajo, is the author of several collections of poetry, including “Hand Into Stone." She told OPB ...


Cornell College News

Rouse pens 2nd poetry chapbook
Cornell College News
“The persona uses the conceit of a journey with Anne Sexton–a poet who committed suicide at age 45–as a way to examine the darkest and, perhaps, most tragic voices in the persona's head. In an absence of connection and care, the confessional voice of ...


WHSV

Poetry anthology gives voice to immigrant children in prisons
WHSV
"All I can say is that they're all from one institution where I have been volunteering to lead poetry workshops," said Dr. Michelson. The book is a window into the minds of incarcerated children. "There are a lot of poems about sadness, loneliness ...


The Tennessean

'Ya-Ya Sisterhood' author Rebecca Wells shares divine secrets at poetry event
The Tennessean
Author Q&A. Local poet Ciona Rouse is cooking up something different for this month's “Lyrical Brew” event at Barnes & Noble at Vanderbilt University. The once-a-month poetry night hosted by Rouse, usually held the last Friday of every month, will be ...


Inside the Music: The Poetry of Music
Jackson Hole News&Guide
The parallels between poetry and music are numerous. Join us for an exploration into the influences and overlaps between these art forms, including a performance of Bernstein's uniquely poetic Halil. Free, but ticketed.

Google News

Way of Life: Rhymes of the Inca [four poems: see in Spanish and English NOW!]

Way of Life: Rhymes of the IncaPizarro (Spanish conquistador ((1525))The... Read More

Ballade of an Inca King

Ah! Leave the gold, wealth and landSays the Inca King?;... Read More

House of the Goblin [Part Two of Three/with notes]

House of the Goblin [Part Two of Three]Here is where,... Read More

Never Ever More

Once upon a midnight dreary, coffee cold and vision... Read More

Five Poems

Poems have different cores, or so I believe, and can... Read More

I Shall Wait...

I Shall Wait..On all the new mornings, and every singking... Read More

A Death in Cajamarca, Peru (Atahualpa, in Cajamarca ((in English and Spanish))

The Epic Poem:A Death in Cajamarca, Peru [Atahualpa, in Cajamarca]Advance:... Read More

Hindu Poet - Kamalakanta

Kamalakanta was born in Burdwan India in the late 18th... Read More

Become A Poet In Ten Minutes

Have you ever sat there staring at the paper, ready... Read More

Three Poems: Liberty, Death, and a Frog [with Commentary on Liberty]

Frog SummerSummer grows hot, for the New-blooded frogs; The bugs... Read More

Poetry in a Nutshell

Poetry is more than just rhyming and prose that is... Read More

Recollections

I AM SO GRATEFUL for simpler times. Stores were closed... Read More

Bleed

now is not the time to open open that great... Read More

Two Poems: San Jeronimo Brook & [in English and Spanish]

Fair Andes! Thy arms reach highOf iron-woven solid stone Thu... Read More

Stones

As I picked up some of the polished gemstones in... Read More

Listen as I Share: WE

You speak simple, completley understandable justifications I respect them, respect... Read More

Two Poems: Boyhood, and Old Age [with a note on style]

BoyhoodOh me! Thy glorious days have flown! I mealy noticed,... Read More

I Hate The Wait (Weight)

I get up in the morningAnd want to stay in... Read More

Wondering

How I wonder what he's doing as I sit alone... Read More

In The Midst Of All

In the midst of darkness, there is light. In... Read More

Poetry in Turbulence

To many non-specialists of literature, poetry is deeply unsatisfying. There... Read More

Mechanical Poetry

Do you ever stare at the paper, waiting for poetic... Read More

Two Poems Written During Recovery

Since my wife and I are moving, or preparing to... Read More

Chan Chan and The Gorriones (Two Poems in English and Spanish)

The following two poems, one in English, the other in... Read More

My Final Defeat - Fixed Competition

She probably can't remember and I know I can never... Read More