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A Steppenwolf Breathes The Morning Air


By Nigel Pearce

ISBN: 978-1-84991-961-6
Published: 2013
Pages: 88
Key Themes: Mental Health, Poetry, Prose


It is now nine years since I almost died from a medically induced toxic state related to medicines prescribed for mental health issues. I now have had three previous books published by Chipmunkapublishing and gained two new qualifications to add to my the B.A (Hons) before the toxicity, a Certificate in English Studies at Warwick University and this year have completed a Dip. H.E. gained at the Open University.

The doctors at the time thought, once I had survived the toxicity, the only way ahead would be a sort of vaguely animated death in long stay psychiatric care. I have proofed them wrong which is not to say my body and mind have totally recovered, but it illustrates that adversity can be overcome.

This collection of poetry, stories and explorations of the intellect are possibly more positive, some are still quite dark but that is in the nature of my experience and writing, than the other collections.

When confronted with oneís mortality in a quite palpable form you either sink or swim psychologically: I swam. A desire to push the boundaries of both the creative and the intellectual is pervasive in my work and life, I know of no other Path.

My writing and love of ideas is my salvation, not a pastime but a vocation.

Book Extract

The poet hails a new generation of iconoclasts.

Stone stumps stand in disarray and spew their lies in twinkling twilight

these figurines are just like an imaginary harvest of grain in fallow land,

999 if you call 000 it is 666 chiselled onto their foreheads sad demons

impotent to resist the forces of these nights, they have no conscience

And will be gathered in a granary where a blind stone-mansion grinds,

resistance races through a poetís pen like his fatherís phallus, he had

Celebrated that patricide in a ceremony of self-immolation which was


it became lines of snow drops on the child-poetís mind in the lunar light.

But wounds of lambs will no longer be cleaned with the antiseptic swabs,

todayís cuts are being dressed-up in gauze to avoid cross contamination.

Now those stone idols of yesterday crash, smashed by new generations of


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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 21 March, 2013.