|About the Book|
This is a book of poetry but, more than that, it is my life in a certain kind of work and the realization of one of my earliest dreams-- to publish a book. Born prematurely in 1973 among the glacial valleys and rounded off hills of northeasternMoreThis is a book of poetry but, more than that, it is my life in a certain kind of work and the realization of one of my earliest dreams-- to publish a book. Born prematurely in 1973 among the glacial valleys and rounded off hills of northeastern Vermont to a flat-lander father seeking peace and freedom from his Vietnam experience (and the constricting social fabric of his childhood) and a rebellious mother of local stock who grew up mere miles from the familial farming homes of both her parents, I became a quintessential Gen-Xer, with a major physical disability to add to my teenage confusion and angst. In terms of disability, I grew up after the age of rote institutionalization but before the postmodern social model movement which is happening now. I spent much of my life internalizing popular negative messages about disability and believing that there was something intrinsically wrong with me and my body. In response to this (and to other aspects of my environment and experiences) I turned to drugs to cope with my feelings. An overdose in 2003 caused significant damage to my psyche, and a good friend introduced me to a road of recovery shortly thereafter, on which Ive been traveling ever since. How is all of this reflected in my writing? Ill leave you to determine most of that for yourself, if you even deem it a pertinent question. I will say that the book is divided into two sections, which correlate roughly with two realms-- the outer, in the form of poems Ive written for other people, and the inner, or poems Ive written about myself and my inner processes. The poems in each section have been arranged in rough chronological order by date written. If youve read this far in the description, I thank you, and if you decide to buy my book, I thank you again. If I can touch just one reader in a meaningful and positive way, then this endeavor will have been worth it.