This collection of poems and photographs explores the emotions that come up when things end.
Everyone breaks up at one time or another. Whether the relationship is a seemingly happy one that comes to a crashing halt when the other person suddenly wants out, or a miserable existence that neither person quite has the courage to get out of until the day that one or both can take no more, the truth is that most relationships end. Unless you opt out of relationships altogether, this keeps happening until you find that one person with whom you can be happy. Sometimes even that relationship ends.
We’re not often encouraged to talk about these emotions. Sometimes it’s because they make us uncomfortable; sometimes it’s because they make the people around us uncomfortable. Unfortunately, when we don’t talk about them, they find other ways to come out, to make us acknowledge them—and then we end up having even more work to do…
Also included are reproductions (scans) of 24 Polaroid photographs that complement the overall theme. For those with compatible e-readers, the color photographs will appear in color (they appear in black-and-white in the print edition).
|Publisher:||Kevin J. O'Conner|
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About the Author
Kevin J. O’Conner (56) is not your typical poet. After 30 years of writing only sporadically, Kevin J. O’Conner returned to poetry in 2013—first as a creative exercise, then for the therapeutic benefits. Since 2015, he writes every day, exploring the craft of poetry through monthly writing challenges—‘my ongoing effort to write something that doesn’t sound like something I would write’, he says. Kevin’s poems explore isolation, memory, life’s small moments, and the experience of starting over at ‘a certain age’—always with an emphasis on straightforward expression. As of Spring 2019, Kevin has published eleven collections of poems, the latest of which is WISHES SOMETIMES HAVE CONSEQUENCES, plus four volumes of ‘love notes’ to the days of the week. His poems have also appeared in Raven Chronicles, Spindrift, The CDC Poetry Project, Lament for the Dead, and the anthology VOICES THAT MATTER, and as part of the Clay? VI (2016) exhibit at Kirkland Arts Center. When not writing poetry, Kevin can be found copy-editing documents from far-flung places, attending open-mic readings, designing books, and contemplating what to cook now that he is tired of soup. He lives in Bellingham with his mom's neurotic cat, Cleo III. (updated 28 October 2019)