Category Archives: Poetry

Plan for 2020: Reading, Writing, and Quiet Activism

Feature photo © 2020 Samantha Mayes

I never make New Year’s Resolutions, but I wanted to give everyone an update on my reading, writing, and quiet activism plans for 2020. Plus cookie related plans. I can’t guarantee I’ll get everything done. For my 2019 PopSugar Reading Challenge, I only finished reading 36 books out of 50 book prompts. I had a mental health crisis last year that I’m still recovering from. Here’s what I’d like to do in 2020 to keep me coping.

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NFReads Interview With Author Jan L. Mayes

This is my interview with Tony at NFReads.com.

Please introduce yourself and your book(s)!

My name is Jan L. Mayes. I’m an author from beautiful British Columbia in the Pacific Northwest of Canada. I write hearing health non-fiction and weird horror fiction.

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Poem: Gaia’s Garden

I wrote this poem as lyrics for a song in my climate fiction novel that I plan to publish in 2020-2021. My idea was inspired by drought and summer fire destruction happening in my province of British Columbia, Canada, and in other locations around the world.

My story takes place in a future devastated by global warming, rising temperatures, and annual firestorms. Every year, the people left alive come together to sing Gaia’s Garden as part of an annual mandatory community ritual.

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Poem: April Fool

Feasture Photo by Alejandra Quiroz on Unsplash

My poems have never rhymed. Even when I first started writing poetry during my depressed teenage angst years. I wrote this poem in my early 20’s. Near the end of my first torrid love affair after catching my love cheating on me. What better day to share it.

I thought when somebody told me he loved me

I'd feel like the Fourth of July.

So why was it only

April the First

When I finally heard it from you?

© 2016 Jan L. Mayes

April Fool is included in my one and only poetry ebook. Every now and then, I add new poems in a free update to Gossamer: A Poetry Collection (2016).

Jan

Poem: Dream Machines

Feature Photo by David Matos on Unsplash.

I dream of a machine
wired
brain to brain
they hear
exactly what I hear

I dream of a machine
potato head inspired
ears snap off
new snap on
rewired brain

Silence

© 2016 Jan L. Mayes

Dream Machines is included in my one and only poetry ebook. Every now and then, I add new poems in a free update to Gossamer: A Poetry Collection (2016).

Dream Machines is also included in all editions of Tinnitus Toolbox Hyperacusis Handbook (2019).

Jan