By Mike Hackney
Key Themes: Mental Health, Poetry, Manic Depression, Recovery
The Downturn is a collection of semi-autobiographical poems
describing life with manic-depression from 1996-2008.
About the Author
Mike Hackney was born in Abilene, Texas on March 20, 1969. He received a BFA in creative writing from Bowling Green State University in 1993 and a MLS in liberal studies from The University of Toledo in 2006. He is the author of two booksóLearning To Write (a collaboration) and Midwestern Shoes; Your Poetic Self All Over Again. His works have appeared in Prairie Margins, The Cornfed Angel, and Broadway bards First and Helium.com. He currently lives in Sylvania, Ohio and is nearly finished with his first novel.
Here the madness was
Yet to be pulled apart
There was new theory
I was deemed bi-polar
Suicidally depressed w/
This meant I saw things
That were not there:
Demons, laughing loners, night-walkers.
And, beyond that I was (a.) no doubt moody,
(b.) could not hold steady employment.
Beyond that, a threat, a danger to myself,
& did not know The Self.
So, who was I?
I had to leave that
To the orderly, the Dr.
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