Category: About the Book: Journey On: Beauty and Grit Along the Way

The poems in Journey On are from a series of poems I wrote in my journals from January 1998 to July 2006. Wishing to share them was not easy, but knowing others who had similar experiences made Journey On happen. In 1999, I wrote my first poem. Actually, it was a running track to tell a friend from Boston what it was like to live in Colorado while sitting in a traffic jam one January morning on I-25 staring at Pikes Peak. Searching like a mad woman in my school bag for pen and paper, words began to spill out and I could not get them written down fast enough. I was afraid I would forget them as fast as they came.

Writing poetry is a continual process of discovering who I am and for me I cannot do that in writing a novel. I have discovered that my words can have an immediate and long lasting impression on those that read them; something that is expressed when one feels the same way as I do and cannot or will not write them down. While writing a poem can be in be a most intimate and satisfying experience, how it touches a reader’s heart and life is the most important and gratifying tribute I could have as a writer.

Inspired by the mountains and seacoast, this collection is a dialogue of openness and honesty between writer and reader. It is my hope that Journey On inspires you, the reader, to slow down from busy days and chaotic times to take a quiet break to discover your own journey through these poems.

Journey On,
Anna Blake Godbout
September 2012

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