The Pain is Endless
by Jan Michael Alejandro
(Read & Japanese Translation
by YoshiKo Fuji)
Click here to hear YoshiKo Fuji

The pain....seemingly everlasting.
Songs, places and scents are constant reminders of times we once shared.
The emptiness, like a gutted structure, once a home filled with laughter and love.
I have no best friend. Best friends are situations in movies and children’s books.
The pain is great. It brings me to my knees.
It stifles any ideas of recovery.
I lie in bed, for there is no safer place for me to be.
Pity, doubt and anger are foremost in my dreams and thoughts.
My thoughts are my worst enemy, more than drugs, more than booze, more than beating my fists against the concrete wall until my hands are bloodied.
The pain is endless. It brings me to my knees.
I lie in bed, for there is no safer place for me to be.

Poem of the day...
from Jan's new book,
"What's Mine is Now Yours"

“Jan Michael Alejandro’s poetry is infused with sheer rhythmic vitality. Fasten your seatbelts—this is one gritty, humorous, dog lovin’, mind and sun reflecting, ride.”

Jane Ormerod/ Uphook Press NYC

“Jan Michael Alejandro is a creative hurricane launching Cat 5 power into poetry, music and playwriting--sometimes all three at once! His capacity for understanding the human condition runs deep, and what may appear simple on first encounter blossoms like a beautiful exotic flower on repeated listening or reading. Alejandro gets to the core of emotions without giving it away. When you read a poem of his, or see one of his plays, its echo will come back to you a day or a year later, shedding a fresh new light on your own secret self.”

Kat George / Three Rooms Press NYC

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All poems and music written by Jan Michael Alejandro

Jan performing at a NYC nightclub Oct 2011
Book signing located  in the West Hollywood Book Fair, Oct 2011
Book and CD, now sold at Beyond Baroque
(310) 822-3006 · 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Jan's Upcoming Book Promo Events:

Past Promo Events:

Jan 26, 2014 Casa de La Noche San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Nov 12, 2013 The Altadena Ale House, LA Limerick Fest IV

June 29, 2013 DaDa in LALA,  Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

Dec. 30,, 2012 The Art of Poetry BlogTalkRadio Chicago, IL 

Oct 11, 2012 The Altadena Ale House, LA Limerick Fest 3

Aug 27, 2012 Poetry Express, Priya, Berkeley, CA

Aug 10, 2012 Poetry's Love Letter Event,, Let Them Eat Chocolate, Chicago, IL

Jan 26, 2012 Ellyn Maybe's Poetry Rodeo,  Beyond BaroqueVenice CA 

Nov 19, 2011 Social Arts: THIS and THAT ..... The Floor Show !  Pasadena, CA  (Click  above to see video)

Nov 17,2011 Ellyn Maybe's Poetry Rodeo, Venice CA 

Nov 11, 2011 The Altadena Ale House, LA Limerick Fest II

Oct 27, 2011  Beyond Baroque 681 Venice Bl. Venice, CA 90291 (Click above to see video)

Oct 21, 2011 Son of a Pony , New York City

Oct 20, 2011  The Inspired Word, 1&1 (Nexus Lounge), NYC

Oct 13, 2011 Coffee Gallery, Altadena, CA

Oct 3, 2011 West Hollywood Book Fair, LA, CA

Sept 26, 2010 America Young's bEatNik event @ SRT North Hollywood, CA

Sept 23, 2010 The Los Angeles Limerick Fest @ The Altadena Ale House, Altadena CA

Sept 18, 2010 ThE CoFfeE HOuSe @ The Old Blinn Pasadena , CA

March 19, 2010 Dada Poetry Salon, Cornelia St Bar, NYC

July 30, 2010 SONIC VERSE @ Funkadelic Studios, New York, NY

June 12, 2010 ThE CoFfeE HOuSe @ The Old Blinn Pasadena , CA

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