|About the Book|
DescriptionThese 50 more life poems follow on from the style of the first complilation Manic Reflections 50 Life Poems As well as new material which has come along with the confidence I have gained there are poems I wrote in the 70s when travellingMoreDescriptionThese 50 more life poems follow on from the style of the first complilation Manic Reflections 50 Life Poems As well as new material which has come along with the confidence I have gained there are poems I wrote in the 70s when travelling in Europe with a heavy heart.So if its soul searching or place searching maybe there is something in this for you to laugh at, think about or just read once or three times to see what I was trying to say. Whatever I hope you enjoy them and if not may it light up your barbeque.About the AuthorJohn is funny, loyal, old fashioned, honest, bipolar and collects frogs. He hopes he will be remembered as a good dad, quirky, self educated, passionate and intense.Writing as a more than quiet back bedroom pastime increased from the time when his eldest daughter Nic suggested he did something about that bag full of verse on the back of envelopes etc and so she hand wrote them out into a leather bound journal. Not one to be impulsive except on six days of the week he challenged this suggestion and practised writing poetry for gifts and on requests. A friend became enthusiastic about the book and produced the cover page artwork for this and the first book (thanks Dean) and this created more interest He usually writes in the morning after a disturbed nights sleep but has found triggers and places that either create an immediate poem or at least generate a title. He has always written in the following way idea (trigger) grab a pen, write a poem straight off (the most unusual was driving a camper van around New Zealand composing the road trip poem Lits Git Wit in Godzone whilst his sister wrote it down) The other way is for him to let germinate in his brain an idea for up to 40 years before it eventually arrives. Since his diagnosis of bipolar disorder (manic depression) in 1995 he has sought to understand his condition and eventually to become comfortable with his demons. He has become involved in the research network of service users and has worked with the local University medical school doing presentations about his condition. Being a published author has pushed himself well out of the closet and he is very aware of the stigma a bipolar poet carries but he does not give a shit and has caught the performing bug as well as the writing bug and has appeared on stage at various venues around the city of Lincoln Future projects include more books, Promoting and creating writing therapy workshops, more stage work and short story development.