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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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AZCentral.com

Poetry spot: 'We Were Warm' by Sarah León
AZCentral.com
Poetry spot is looking for lyrical, contemporary, thought-provoking, single-language or dual-language poems no longer than 40 lines. Submit one, previously unpublished poem to phxpoetrysubmissions@gmail.com by the 20th of each month to be considered ...


Daily Nation

Remembering David Rubadiri, the father of East African poetry
Daily Nation
Although the floodgate of Rubadiri's fecund creativity would later burst open, as one commentator puts it, he had made his entry into the literary world much earlier, in the late 50s, when his poetry was published in Penpoint, the Makerere college ...


The Indian Express

As slam poetry finds favour among millennials, someone reminds us of Kabir's verse
The Indian Express
“People tell me 'aap kavi hai, celebrity nahi (you are a poet, not a celebrity)' when I ask for remuneration for my performance,” says Gaurav Tripathi. But Deepak Gupta quotes a different rate for each event he attends: “It depends on the venue, banner ...


Colorado College News

Jessy Randall Publishes Book of Visual Poetry
Colorado College News
If you're not sure you're human, Jessy Randall, curator and archivist in Special Collections at CC's Tutt Library, might be able to help. But don't expect a physiology book; instead, Randall's new book of visual poetry, “How to Tell if You Are Human ...


Winnipeg Free Press

Youth being drawn back to poetry
Winnipeg Free Press
Chris Young / The Canadian Press files. Canadian poet Rupi Kaur has three million followers on Instagram, where she posts images and short verses. Poetry is hot — a lot hotter than you might think. The share of adults reading poetry grew by an ...


Mental Floss

London's Trafalgar Square Gets a Poetry-Writing Red Lion
Mental Floss
London's historic Trafalgar Square just got a fifth lion, the BBC reports. The fluorescent red, AI-powered lion takes visitor-submitted words and turns them into two-line poems, which are displayed on a screen inside its mouth. The history-inspired ...

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NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Danez Smith, Youngest Winner of Top UK Poetry Prize, Wants Trump Fans to Read Their Work
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Baptist bishops preaching from the pulpit are poets. The wino on the corner is a poet. Grandparents who repeat oral stories from the comfort of their favorite chair are poets, too. That's what Danez Smith, the newest and youngest poet to receive a ...
Forward Prizes for Poetry 2018 | Forward Arts FoundationForward Arts Foundation
Danez Smith - "Dear White America" (Rustbelt 2014)YouTube

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The Verge

There's a lion in London's Trafalgar Square that eats words and roars AI-generated poetry
The Verge
The four bronze lions that surround Nelson's Column in London's Trafalgar Square are pretty passive-looking creatures. They sit on all fours and gaze blankly ahead, more sphinx than lion. Legend has it that their sculptor originally planned for the ...


The Guardian

Danez Smith becomes youngest winner of Forward poetry prize
The Guardian
The 29-year-old African American poet Danez Smith has beaten writers including the US poet laureate to become the youngest ever winner of the prestigious Forward prize for best poetry collection – and the first winner to identify as gender-neutral ...
Forward Prizes for Poetry: Danez Smith wins £10000 awardTelegraph.co.uk
US poet Danez Smith wins prestigious Forward PrizeDaily Journal
Danez Smith becomes youngest best collection winner at Forward Prizes for PoetryIndependent.ie
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Midland Daily News

Poet to discuss politics' effect on poetry in SVSU talk
Midland Daily News
Saginaw Valley State University is hosting a lecture by an award-winning poet who will explore how poetry is influenced by the current political climate. Carmen Bugan will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall at SVSU. The ...

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

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