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AN ANTHOLOGY OF MODERN VERSE
By Damien Pragnell

ISBN: 978-1-78382-014-6
Published: 2014
Pages: 98
Key Themes: Mental Health, Poetry, Bipolar

Description

Damien describes his journey and the process of writing in the following way:

I was gone for a long time
For a long time I howled at the world
I felt as if much of my journey had been robbed by illness
My dream of becoming an actor had been shattered
My ego remained unchecked and I was on the rollercoaster of bipolar

Although my heart was broken over the impact of bipolar on my acting career, I can now see that writing has provided a way to step off the rollercoaster Over the years my struggle with the illness has been lessened through the creative process – the gift of writing has lessened the impact of the symptoms. Writing has enabled me to embrace discipline, to take life’s ups and downs in my stride, to set realistic goals and surround myself with grounded people

In essence I have come into my own as a writer with less emotional toll than acting. Perhaps things do happen for a reason.

About the Author

Damien was born in Seven Hills, Sydney, Australia in 1958. He was one of five children, all of whom are creative. His father was a British Paratrooper and Mentor to Damien. His mother was a warm, supportive woman with her own artistic gifts. When they found out that Damien had bipolar she danced him around the kitchen saying "son, you have the artist's disease'. Damien has completed qualifications in library studies which compliments his life long love affair with poetry and writing. Damien has also had a long history of involvement with music, theatre and literature. He names his diverse influences as the Beat Poets, Native American Shamanic writings, Pink Floyd, Steve Vie and Van Gelis just to name a few. Despite these numerous influences, Damien's voice emerges as a highly original and gifted poet. Damien has entered the chaos and pain of illness and emerged into recovery as a strong, expressive, generous and giving man. He credits his recovery and positive outlook to family, his writing, a commitment to wellness and the positive supports of the people around him.

Book Extract

IT STILL COSTS NOTHING

High above the conscious mind
older than Creations time
passed down to each generation
a song of hope for struggling nations.

White doves freed in ceremony.
A symphony of desire for peace.
A dream for the strongest and the meek.
A show of brotherhood that stays unbroken.

In the clouds of grey that gather
the believers,
those who have faith in gods unseen.
The time is near.
(According to Revelations)

There is still time to change our future.
Learning from our past endeavors.
Knowledge may be its own reward.
Yet, love is boundless,
beyond measure.
Best of all....
It still costs nothing!


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