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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Inside Higher Ed

Why It Matters That More Americans Read Poetry Now
Inside Higher Ed
In September, the National Endowment for the Arts published surprising new data: poetry reading in the United States has almost doubled over five years. A 2012 NEA survey had found that only 7 percent of Americans had read poetry in the previous year, ...


UT The Daily Texan

Poet, UT alumna returns to Austin to share new book on poetry and prose
UT The Daily Texan
In the dim light of local bookstore Malvern Books, UT-Austin alumna Sara Bawany uttered a quick prayer before reading a poem from her newly published book of poetry and prose, “(w)holehearted.” After reading one poem, Bawany told the crowd of about 20 ...


Daily Nation

Poetry is my language of expression
Daily Nation
Aisling Cassandra, 34, is a wife, a mother of two--Ella and Micere, a banker and a poet. In 2016, she published her first collection of 81 poems in a book titled Journeys of Life: reflections of a pilgrim. The poems are an expression of her journey ...


New York Times

The Worst Bad Poem? There's a Contest for That
New York Times
There was expectation in the room that someone would deliver a poem as lovely as a tree. Or not. The expectation was about choosing the worst of the worst — the worst bad poem of the year. The Alfred Joyce Kilmer Memorial Bad Poetry Contest has done ...

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Westside Seattle

Poetry reading at SSCC
Westside Seattle
SOUTH'S ANNUAL POETRY READING. Monday, November 19. 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.. Olympic Hall Theatre. SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE. FROM THE PAGE TO THE STAGE. Please join Mike Hickey's incredibly talented & brilliant. ENGL 151 creative writing ...


The Sydney Morning Herald

Bright Star review: Music brimming with poetry and poems full of music
The Sydney Morning Herald
The music included Impromptus op 90 (numbers 1 and 4), Tedeschi applying precision of articulation without losing the poetry. On the Adagio from the Wanderer Fantasie​ he emphasised a solemnity that was delicate rather than austere, before the ensuing ...


The Daily Telegram

Tecumseh woman's poetry an outlet for life experiences
The Daily Telegram
TECUMSEH — Brooke Borton's life is an open book — both literally and figuratively. The Tecumseh resident recently released her second book, a collection of poetry, on Amazon. Her first work, “Hoarding Hearts,” came out in 2017, and “Mutter,” was ...


Press 53 to present poetry, fiction festival
Winston-Salem Journal
Offerings will include nine 75-minute poetry seminars and two poetry master classes, and six different short fiction seminars and two short fiction master classes. Seminars are $25 each to attend and limited to 20 participants; master classes are $100 ...


303 Magazine

Prison Poetry Comes to City O' City This Month
303 Magazine
On display this month is Unlocked Poetry: Voice + Presence from Prison. This project was a result of Wayne Gilbert's work with prisoners in the Sterling Correctional Facility. Gilbert talks all things poetry with 12-20 prisoners each month. While he ...


OZY

This Poet Slams the Competition. Is Broadway Next?
OZY
As a high school senior, Verdell was called the heart of her Baltimore youth team's inaugural 2016 victory in Brave New Voices, an international youth poetry competition, during a summer of high-profile slam wins for the city's teams. Drawing on ...

Google News

The Ballad of: Brawling Mad-dog Sergeant Rook [Now in: SPANISH and English]

English VersionA bunch of us guys in the hutIn ?Nam... Read More

Cruel World

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My hero, my best friend, my Grannio (a.k.a my Grandmother)

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Catherine Daly reviews Antidotes for an Alibi

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Barriers

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The Art of Receiving Poetic Critique

You can show your poem to your mom, your spouse,... Read More

Grandpas House & From Iraq with Love [Two Poems]

Grandpa's House [The ole Real House]The house needed painting Sun-blistered... Read More

Uamaks Aquatic [suspense: now in Spanish and English]

Delicately, my mind was selecting a muffled tune, out of... Read More

Exalted Poetry; Two poem [and commentary]

Bells for Belphegor!...Where immortal veils never meet Belphegor, Arch devil... Read More

Ode, to the Mighty Midget Omac [In English and Spanish]

Part One Midget HistoryI am thirty-six inches tall, that is... 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

Memoirs of a Wastelands Rim [a Poem: now in Spanish and English]

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The Lull of Twilight [Over Mantaro Valley] In English and Spanish

Twilight, was now beginning. As forthe sun, it was down-down... Read More

San Francisco [Almost a Sonnet]

(The city by the bay of Northern California, near which... Read More

Bleed

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

Caught in the Arms of ED

YOU MIGHT THINK I AM STRONGI THINK YOU GOT IT... Read More

Tale of the Brick Maker, of San Jeronimo, Peru [In English and Spanish]

Tale of the Brick Maker, Of San Jerónimo, Peru... Read More

Listen as I Share: WE

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

Walt Whitman, Romance With a Stranger

The concept of brief encounters, even romantic encounters, with a... Read More

The Man Who Could Not Say Sorry For His Sins

Sorry would be a start.Though you cant take back your... Read More

Three Poems: Phantom of the Rocks; Lady from Lima & Bell Ringer of de Copan

Phantom of the Rocks[Huancayo, Peru]Night falls deepUpon the traveler!Low, over... Read More

Find the Magic

FIND the MAGICFind the Magic As you release old bondage... Read More

Spell of the Andes: (in English and Spanish)

Note: written 4-15-05, while driving through the Andes of Peru,... Read More

The Butcher of Lima and Footprints to Mantaro Valley (Two Poems)

Footprints to Mantaro Valley (Peru; in English and Spanish)In what... Read More