About the Book
Through my art and poetry I cope with major mental illness. In this book, my poetry deals mostly with places and with people that are “far away” or in a figment of my imagination, hence the title, “Far Out!” “The Sleep Dancer” is a poem about where I travel and who I am in my dreams. The poem “Kyt” is about an imaginary friend I had at the onset of my illness when I was fourteen years old. Most of the other poems also deal with places I escape to in my fantasies.
About the Author
I am a fifty two year old woman living with the illness schizophrenia. I started writing about two years ago. I have been an artist for many years. I was born in Washington D.C. and have lived in Brazil, Zaire, and Germany. I have traveled to many places in my life as my father was in the Foreign Service. I live alone in my own condominium, am unemployed, enjoy long walks in the woods, painting, digital art, photography, painting, collage, decoupage, bead stringing, decorative art, and writing poetry. I have published another book entitled “Take Five Seroquel and Call Me in the Morning, two poems in the magazine “Transcendent Visions” (“Rain” and “Confined”), and won first place in an online poetry contest “writearoundtheblock” entitled “Summer” which was published in my first book.