Gratefulness!!!

Numb. Skulled.
weary from driving
seven hundred fifty
miles o’er course
two days.
not in the mood
at the moment
for strategies
or tactics or
best plans made,
well thought,
thought through.
nonetheless
not meandering
mindlessly
this is a moment
for gratefulness.

despite weariness
despite strain,
contrary to
disillusionment,
despite broken
heart, despite
fracture, in spite
of bruise, though
in bitter dispute
with liars,though
sad witness
to bloodshed.

I take a moment,
this is a moment
of Gratefulness.

Author’s Page – Evening Street Press

Author’s Page – Evening Street Press

Thanks to Evening Street Press for my author’s page on their website.

It includes bio and reviews of my new book:

“POETS SHOULD NOT WRITE ABOUT POLITICS”

Winner of the 2020 Sinclair Poetry Prize

Check it out in the link below:

https://eveningstreetpress.com/book-author/jerry-t-johnson/

EARTH DAY – a different perspective

Humanity Raises A Fist,
Declares Freedom while
pissing toxin on polluted soil

Earth Awakes in Stockholm.
Awakes from Syndrome.
Awakes Abused. Bruised. Sore.

in the middle of winter
bears awake early
from hibernation

in the middle of winter
birds misdirected
fly north

snow falls
across the Equator
in July and August

unabashed
humanity pisses toxin,
toxin, toxin, toxin more.

Earth Awakes in Stockholm,
Earth Awakes from Syndrome,
Ravished, Bruised and Sore.

Nature seems confused,
misdirected. No it isn’t.
Earth’s not taking the battering.
Anymore.

Earth Will
Have Her Day.

After the Celebrations!

After the Celebrations

Ok, I just had a book published by a publisher. I have celebrated with my friends and with family. What next?

I’m reminded of watching a television show one night where a new writer had finished his first book and spent an awfully excessive amount of time talking about it.

A veteran writer invited him to a poker game. At that game was James Patterson and Michael Connolly. They grilled him a little. Michael Connolly asked him,

“Do you know what I did after my first book was published?”

The young writer answered, “No, I do not.”

Connolly replied, “I shut up and started on my next book.”

So friends and fam, Thanks for all the Likes and Hugs and Loves and Congrats!

But now it is time for me to shut up and work on my next book! (already in progress)

Thanks For The Headshot Photo

Thanks For The Headshot Photo

I would like to thank: Michael Geffner / InspiredWordNYC for permitting to use one of the many photo headshots for the BIO page of my new book:

POETS SHOULD NOT WRITE ABOUT POLITICS.

Michael and Marvin Mendlinger always made me look good with their fabulous expertise. Additionally, Michael’s advice over the years helped propel me towards success!

POETS SHOULD NOT WRITE ABOUT POLITICS
by Jerry T Johnson

Winner of the 2020 Sinclair Poetry Prize

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

Just click the link below for pre-order:

https://eveningstreetpress.com/contests/

THREE, TWO, ONE…ZERO!!!

TODAY AT 4:00 PM

great weather for MEDIA Presents: Laurel S. Peterson & Francine Witte

great weather for Media is bringing you another great poetry event with 2 amazing features:

Laurel S. Peterson: Poet, Author – Norwalk, CT

-and-

Francine Witte: Poet, Author – New York, NY

When:
Sunday, March 28th, 2021 – 4pm-6pm EDT

Where: ONLINE ZOOM

** To watch directly on zoom and to read on open mic, you must register for this event via Eventbrite

YOU MUST PREREGISTER FOR ZOOM ADMITTANCE: click link to register via
Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/laurel-s-peterson-and-francine-witte-plus-open-mic-registration-140856129475

The features will also be live-streamed to the great weather for MEDIA facebook page

Plus open mic. (3 minutes) – The host will be taking open mic signups during the event.

Hosted by Jerry T. Johnson

Admission: FREE

21+

POET BIOs

Laurel S. Peterson

Laurel S. Peterson is a Professor of English at Norwalk Community College. Her poetry has been published in many small literary journals. She has two poetry chapbooks, That’s the Way the Music Sounds and Talking to the Mirror, and a full-length collection, Do You Expect Your Art to Answer? She also co-edited a collection of essays on women’s justice titled (Re)Interpretations: The Shapes of Justice in Women’s Experience and wrote a mystery novel, Shadow Notes. Her second mystery novel, The Fallen, is scheduled to be released later this year, and a new poetry collection, Daughter of Sky, will be released in early 2022. She is on the editorial board of the literary magazine Inkwell, and served as the town of Norwalk, Connecticut’s, Poet Laureate from April 2016 – April 2019.

Francine Witte

Francine Witte’s poetry and fiction have appeared in Smokelong Quarterly, Wigleaf, Mid-American Review, Passages North, and many others. Her latest books are Dressed All Wrong for This (Blue Light Press,) The Way of the Wind (AdHoc fiction,) and (The Theory of Flesh.) Her chapbook, The Cake, The Smoke, The Moon (flash fiction) will be published by ELJ September, 2021. She lives in NYC.