First, congratulations on your new book “Odes to Lithium.” Could you tell us something more about it?
“Odes to Lithium” is a book of unconventional love poems to my medication for Bipolar Disorder. It was an experiment in how many different ways I can approach this highly personal and stigmatized object, a pill for my mental illness. In expanding my capacity to move from shame to love, my hope was to bring the pill from static object to something alive: a lover, a friend, & a teacher.
Have you planned any readings or “meet and greet” to promote your new book?
photo credit: Hieu Minh Nguyen
at the party I’m called a lightweight
while you shovel salt through my blood
like a dedicated father clearing the driveway
except the driveway is the whole world
you make wine take off its clothes faster
glaze my eyes with gentle & I deserve a life–
time supply of this ease so when they
tease “just one drink & you’re good”
they don’t know ………it’s not the wine
somebody cares for me