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You can do and you can be whatever you want. You have the power, and the right, to make the changes.

There are many choices to be made as daily life goes by. There are changes in our world and choices in our lives. There are those who come and those who go. There are those who enrich, and those who drain. There are thoughts which improve our daily grind, and there are thoughts that depress us and bring us down.

Every chance meeting, every friendship, every love, every choice we make, changes us inside and out in ways we neither see nor notice until sometime later.

All of a sudden we encounter an old circumstance, but we handle it in a new way a better way. The choices and the changes we made have caused us to grow, to improve, and we can move on unafraid.

You have one life to live, don't let it count for naught. You have too much to give, Choose to give it!

Copyright 2004 Fran Watson

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

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Forbes

This 23-Year-Old Bosnian Is Running An Online Poetry Contest To Fight Hate Speech In The Balkans
Forbes
A heart-warming example of how young activists are using digital technology to heal the painful war wounds of the Balkans and rebuild a healthy social fabric in the region is the online poetry contest Mili Dueli (English: Sweet Duels). Bosnian Nermin ...


theberkshireedge.com

Belle Fox-Martin's 'Stone Pears' blends poetry, micro-stories in a refreshing, unexpected collection
theberkshireedge.com
Great Barrington — “Stone Pears,” the newest collection of poetry by Belle Fox-Martin, is rife with allusions to spirituality and nature and the space in which the two often collide. Many of the poems in the slim, black volume hinge on the transition ...


The Daily Tar Heel

West End Poetry Festival's star-studded lineup explores diversity in poetry
The Daily Tar Heel
Don't fret if you're stranded on campus over the long weekend, however — you can stave off your boredom and cabin fever with poetry. The annual West End Poetry Festival will begin Wednesday with an ice cream social from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Johnny's Gone ...
Dodge Poetry Festival 2018 in Newark to feature edgy, urban, hip hop voices - and SapphireNorthJersey.com

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KCRA Sacramento

Poetry teacher inspires students to find their voice
KCRA Sacramento
Larry Barron, aka LB the Poet, isn't your typical teacher. Advertisement. Once a week, Barron teaches a spoken word workshop at Winston-Salem Street School, an alternative high school for at-risk students who have struggled in traditional settings.

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Charlotte Observer

National Poetry Slam champs at home base for a monthly slam
Charlotte Observer
“It was a gamble that paid off,” says Slammaster Bluz, aka Boris Rogers, an internationally ranked slam poet and the team's coach. “We're known for doing poems that go against the grain and buck the system. Some teams follow a trend of what's popular ...
Today Is National Black Poetry Day. Here's a Totally Biased List of 10 Black Poems You Should HearThe Root
Backstage Stillwater hosted Red Dirty Poetry on TuesdayDaily O'Collegian
Bob Driver: On poets and poetryTampa Bay Newspapers

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Atlanta Journal Constitution

7 unforgettable quotes from black poets in honor of #BlackPoetryDay
Atlanta Journal Constitution
From Phillis Wheatley — America's first published black female poet — to beloved writers Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou and James Baldwin, the contributions of black lyricists have revolutionized the country's arts and social landscape. » RELATED: An ...

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Londoner

Writer Tom Cull releases debut poetry collection
Londoner
London's Poet Laureate, Tom Cull, is juggling the many facets of his busy life this month. His book Bad Animals is hot off the press. He's one of the organizers and participants in River Talks at Museum London. He's marking mid-term portfolios of his ...

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lareviewofbooks

Second Acts: A Second Look at Second Books of Poetry: Joan Murray and Christopher Gilbert
lareviewofbooks
FOR THIS INSTALLMENT in my ongoing series about second books of poetry — in which I typically pair a newly released sophomore volume with a second book published at least 20 years ago — I've decided to focus on two poets who, for different reasons, ...


Irish Times

Two Irish poets shortlisted for £25000 TS Eliot Prize
Irish Times
“Poetry is a flourishing art form,” Irish poet Sinéad Morrissey, chair of the judges, said. “We read 176 collections from a plethora of poetry publishers, both new and established, and felt privileged to listen in to such a lively, diverse and urgent ...

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UT The Daily Texan

Kimberly Lee reminds her readers of the importance of poetry
UT The Daily Texan
When it seemed impossible to express herself at home, communication and leadership freshman Kimberly Lee found her voice in poetry. With the encouragement of her friends, Lee published her first book. Lee turned her book “In Which I Beg You to Listen.

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

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