Bipolarity and ADHD to Folding Mirrors

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Poems Reflecting on the Mind, Life, Nature and Space
By Marc Latham

ISBN: 978-1-84991-023-1
Published: 2009
Pages: 112
Key Themes: poetry, bipolar disorder, politics, science


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Description

This book of poems owes as much inspiration to rock music as poetry. The early poems in the collection were inspired by rock lyrics rather than poetry, with songs proclaiming the twisted effects of bipolarity, schizophrenia, paranoia, alienation and just downright depression by the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Metallica, Rose Tattoo, Megadeth and Suicidal Tendencies mixed with the trash escapism of Faster Pussycat and Motley Crue.

In recent years the raw anarchy of the early poems was harnessed within the Folding Mirror form created by Marc Latham; of which there are many examples in this collection. The form may have been influenced by bipolarity, as it calls for two sides of a poem to mirror each other either side of a folding middle line, as bipolar moods swing either side of the fine line of normality somewhere in the mind. It is therefore ideal for highlighting two sides of a personality or mood.

The subject matter and style isn’t limited to the mind and serious introspection though, and the poems range across almost all the topics imaginable: from politics and myth to ocean depths and the outer limits of space; and the seasons of the year and high mountain peaks to football and comedy.

About the Author

Dr. Marc Latham was born in St. Helier, Jersey in 1965 and now lives in Leeds. Marc spent his teens in Wales and was an avid fan of heavy metal music; he did his utmost to emulate his rock n’ roll heroes’ life on the edge once he started boozing and partying. The hedonistic lifestyle was continued across the world in his twenties and in university for his thirties.

This kept him feeling normal while it lasted, but once a couple of generations had pretty much given it up to live ‘normal’ lives Marc began to realise that he wasn’t really that ‘normal’. Being treated as an outsider by a university department in his own country that espoused the values of equality and diversity just brought matters to a head.

Television documentaries alerted Marc to conditions such as ADHD and bipolarity, and he decided to try and take himself out of mainstream society through a freelance writing career. This had always been one ambition anyway.

Book Extract

Introduction

Let me take you on a journey, to the centre of my mind. The early poems in this collection were inspired by rock lyrics rather than poetry, with songs proclaiming the twisted effects of bipolarity, schizophrenia, paranoia, alienation and just downright depression by the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Metallica, Rose Tattoo, Megadeth and Suicidal Tendencies mixed with the trash escapism of Faster Pussycat and Motley Crue.

I spent my mental weeks in grungy Seattle, so I tried to escape to LA on the weekends. My wild role models could have helped kill me, but they may also have kept me alive by giving me something to live for. Being able to go crazy on the weekend and release all the pent up feelings kept me feeling normal for much of the time, but I still felt different and knew that my future would not run as smoothly as that of most people.

After I finished studying and left with the ambition of becoming a freelance writer I didn’t really think poetry would play a major part. Learning that there wasn’t much money to be made in poetry should have been the final nail in its coffin for me, but instead it got a grip, and I have probably focused more on poetry than anything.

This is mainly because of the Folding Mirror form I created; of which there are many examples in this collection. Or maybe it’s evidence of ADD and my need for shorter and simpler works. The form may have been influenced by bipolarity, as it calls for two sides of a poem to mirror each other either side of a folding middle line, as bipolar moods swing either side of the fine line of normality somewhere in the mind. It is therefore ideal for highlighting two sides of a personality or mood.

I hope you enjoy this collection. I’ve thrown everything but the kitchen sink in to make it up to 100 pages, although I only needed 80 to get it published. Some early poems have been updated to Folding Mirrors, but I hope you’ll consider it value for money (that’s if you pay for it; it should definitely be otherwise!). I created the cover photo using Photo Impact.

Thanks to Caroline Gill, Sarah James, Marit Meredith, Wendy Webb and all those who have created Folding Mirror poems for getting the form off the ground. Cheers also to the bands and poets who’ve inspired me and the people and animals who’ve helped me on my journey through life. And to those who’ve tried to bring me down: c’est la vie!

As I was making final edits I read a book about dream wisdom and shamanism, and it explained that the symptoms of many of today’s mental health issues were considered being touched by the gods in old cultures. I’ll leave you with that thought, and you can make up your own mind about me from the poetry.


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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 27 October, 2009.