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Kens Poem

How wonderfully sweet to be a dweller

dwelling on the road of goodbye.

Bittersweet tears fall as I think

of all the places I'll never see,

all the faces I'll never know,

all the joys I'll never share,

as I head for the unknown.

I have lived life as best I could,

met challenges head on,

drawing strength from an unseen source.

You cannot come with me on this journey

you can only stand and watch,

sometimes the more difficult task.

I know what I must do

and I will give myself a voice

drawn from the inward depths of my being.


For Ken

June 1, 2003

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New York Times

She Dared to Write Poetry About Sex. Iranians Loved and Hated Her for It.
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Waco Tribune-Herald

Beall Poetry Festival begins with prize-winners' readings, discussions
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San Francisco Chronicle

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In some sense, Ferlinghetti is the root source of this poetry column. Since the beginning of his writing life, he has promoted the idea that art and civic responsibility are not mutually exclusive. Many of the poets we've featured in State Lines carry ...

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The Independent

World Poetry Day 2018: Video of Stephen Hawking reading 'Relativity' by Sarah Howe
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On World Poetry Day, it seems only apt to reflect on how its work can infiltrate every corner of the mind. That art and science can have such a harmonious union, for example, as represented in a reading by the late Stephen Hawking of Sarah Howe's poem ...
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Central Michigan Life

RSO helps students express emotions, find confidence through poetry
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Odessa American

Poetry slam set Friday
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A poetry slam sponsored by the Permian Basin Poetry Society will offer prizes of $100, $75 and $50 for the first, second and third place performers beginning 8 p.m. Friday at Dee's Bistro Grill, 622 N. Lee Ave. Registration is at 7 p.m.. Admission is ...


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Library events planned for National Poetry Month
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The Toledo Lucas County Public Library is hosting a series of events to mark National Poetry Month in April. Def Poetry Jam poet Kevin Coval will speak from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 12 at the Main Library. Erin Adair-Hodges, visiting assistant professor of ...

PBS NewsHour

Parkland students pour their feelings into poetry | PBS NewsHour
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A 14-year-old student who was killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School wrote about life's "ups and downs" soon before his death. After the shooting, a classmate writes that "nothing about this feels normal."

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