PRESS RELEASE: Longmont, Colorado author Joan Gregerson writes 400 poems in 365 days, for upcoming collection “Love Goes On”

Press Release:

April 1, 2014 – for immediate release

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Longmont, Colorado author Joan Gregerson writes 400 poems in 365 days for upcoming book, “Love Goes On”

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Longmont Author, Joan Gregerson

Joan Gregerson performing poetry at the Laughing Goat Coffeehouse Open Mic Poetry in Boulder, Colorado (March 31, 2014)

Joan Gregerson performing poetry at the Laughing Goat Coffeehouse Open Mic Poetry in Boulder, Colorado (March 31, 2014)

What began as a competition in a month-long contest turned into a year of poetry writing for Colorado writer, Joan Gregerson.

“In early April 2013, I heard for the first time about something called National Poetry Month and the challenge to write a poem a day. I was living in Korea so the “National” part didn’t exactly fit, and I had already missed a couple days, but I decided to try it. I got in the habit of writing and posting a poem or two to my blog most days. When April ended, I found that I couldn’t stop writing poetry. It’s one of my better addictions, so far.”

Her first poem of the year-long period was a short poem, entitled “Not Right Now” (below). In the last week, Joan had added a dozen new poems. Some are short Haikus (5-7-5 syllables), while others are long and designed for spoken word performances. On her blog (blog.positiveenergyworks.com), Joan often gives some background on the poem, for those who are interested.

“I have no idea why I write poetry or what it means to others,” says Joan. “I know that I am a conduit of something wonderful. That’s all I know. And that’s enough. I love the whole process of getting an inspiration, putting it together in words and getting it out there.

I’m often surprised at how a poem impacts people. Something I think is pretty specific and small, ends up sometimes being very meaningful and helpful. I just go with the flow.”

And these past 365 days, the flow has been unstoppable. Visit Joan’s blog to read some of the poems and see Joan’s photographs that accompany many of the poems. Since the poetry began when she was in South Korea, the photos and poems provide a journey from springtime in Korea to summer in Denver, then fall in Niwot, and winter in Longmont, Colorado.

Joan has performed poetry at the Laughing Goat Coffeehouse in Boulder, La Vita Bella in Longmont, and Café Radio in Busan, South Korea, with more performances around Colorado to follow.

Joan will be compiling the poems in various collections, including the complete 400 poems in a book “Love Goes On: A Year in Poetry”. The book will be written to offer daily wisdom through poetry. Joan writes about love, addiction, recovery, meditation, loss, parenting, nutrition and compassion on her blog and in her other books available on Amazon and Kindle.

 

Not Right Now

I love you, I said
I love you too, he said
Just not right now

Floppy Shaggy Ears

Floppy shaggy ears
Such a sweetie, all those years
Sopping up our tears

 

Love Goes On

I was afraid
That my broken heart would never heal
That when he left me
I was destined to limp through the rest of my life, wounded
But it didn’t happen that way
Love goes on
His love taught me about being lovable
The love I’d felt helped me grow strong

I was afraid
That when I left him
That he would never forgive me
That he would hate me
That he would just want to forget me
But it didn’t happen that way
Love goes on
The love we felt did not die
The love we knew helped us through
It allowed us to be kind
We made it through weakness
We made it through the unimaginable
We made it apart
And by doing so, love held us together
We came out strong
Love goes on

When I had no friend
When I was alone in a country
Where I could not speak the language
With no one to talk to
Exhausted and
Struggling at work
With no money
I was lower than low
But at some point
There’s no lower that you can go
And even there
Even alone
There is a love there

What love is this?
Whose love is this?
Is this the love of my great great grandmother
That imagined that one day I would exist
Is this the love that lingers on my forehead
From my father’s blessing kiss?
Even alone
At the lowest low
Some love will seep in
Look will seek you out
Love will find you
Love won’t give up on you
Love goes on

When a child moves out
Or becomes wiser than the parent
Or thinks that is so
When there is no understanding
Of how you could possibly be related
When the parent is frustrated and sad
When the kid is indignant and mad
Beneath it all
There is love
No matter what has been said
No matter what has been done
Though shoulders have been cold
And arrows have been slung
Love won’t get wounded
Love won’t die
You think you can kill it
Just try but
Love goes on

When brothers fall out
Threats are made
Promises are sealed
Upon your grave
But nothing can outlive love
Love can’t end
Love goes on

A passionate crush
And steamy sex
Becomes cold silence
Trangression
Indiscretion
Your mistress
Your affair
Becomes another ex
You assume that indifference or hate comes next
But hate is not real
Indifference is not strong
Try as you might
You can’t hate for long
When you are no longer lovers
You will continue to love
Love won’t fizzle out
Love goes on

And when someone double-crosses you
You want to cross them off too
But you can’t
Someone has wronged you
But you can’t hate for long
Any moment you let down your guard
Love will open the gate
Love will slip in
It will seep in
It will sneak in
Whether you want it or not
Love has more endurance than hate
Love goes on

Move away from your best friend
Ignore his call
Don’t send a letter
Try to forget it all
But you never will
The simple love you shared
Can’t be extinguished
Can’t be put out
Love does not need you to want it
Love can just hang out
Love goes on

Murder and war
Corruption and rape
Who has done this?
Who can I hate?

Hate is an impulse
But it can’t be sustained
Hate is a thunder cloud
That grows quickly, menacing
But in an instant of rage
It loses all its power
And becomes nothing again

Skinny as a toothpick
Big as a bull
Love is in love with you

A baby’s first breath
Love welcomes you
Your last dying gasp
Love escorts you

You can try to stop love
But you never will
Life or death
Wrong or right
Try as you might
Stop trying to fight
Love will win

What is there to lose
What is there to fear
You can’t stop love
The love that you felt is here
Love will always be near
Love goes on

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