March 31, 2014
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Longmont, Colorado author Joan Gregerson writes 400 poems in 365 days for upcoming book, "Love Goes On"
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"
Not Right Now
I love you, I said
I love you too, he said
Just not right now
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.
Floppy Shaggy Ears
Floppy shaggy ears
Such a sweetie, all those years
Sopping up our tears
Joan has performed poetry at the Laughing Goat Coffeehouse in Boulder, La Vita Bella in Longmont, and Café Radio in Busan, South Korea. Joan plans to perform some of the poems on March 31, 2014 at the Laughing Goat Coffeehouse in Boulder, 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.