Poe, William Myths and Rhymes

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Taking readers on a psychic journey of self-discovery, the book of poetry, Myths and Rhymes, juxtaposes classical mythology with popular culture and blends references to harrowing experiences of drug addiction and cultism.

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Myths and Rhymes is a collection of poems based on thoughts jotted down in drug rehab. The recovery process included writing, which I used to explore my fears, tragedies, hopes and fantasies. It became imperative for me to sort out what I believed about God, spirituality, and to weave the truths of science into a personal cosmology. In addition to that, I needed to come to terms with being a gay man.

The journey that led to drug addiction began in my late teens as an idealist young man who gravitated to what was left of the hippie movement in the early 1970s. I joined a religious commune called the Unified Family, which soon became known as Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church, or the "Moonies." A decade of dedication ended with disillusionment. The promised transformation from a mundane world of personal struggles to a grandiose vision of world peace and unity never materialized. It was not obvious to my young mind that such counterfeit visions were the currency of all charismatic religious figures.

The transition from cult member to drug addict occurred seamlessly. Something in my personality thrives on extremes. I ran from life as a church member, and pursued death as a drug addict. Finally, in rehab, I realized that I had better calm down, collect my thoughts, and follow the suggestion of the old Moody Blues song, which said, "Thinking is the best way to travel."

The poems in this volume are vehicles for me to share something of my psychic journey.

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A writer and visual artist, William Poe earned a bachelor's in art from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a master's in anthropology from the University of Nebraska. He has written two novels, poetry, and several short stories. He joined the Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church when he was 18 years old and remained there for most of the next decade. Poe was inspired to write "Myths and Rhymes," after admitting himself into rehabilitation to break away from his drug addiction and find himself as a person. A counselor encouraged him to explore his feelings through writing, which led him to self-discovery. In addition to "Myths and Rhymes," Poe has written two other books, "Simon Says" and "Simple Simon."

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Book Description Createspace, United States, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 229 x 152 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Myths and Rhymes is a collection of rhyming poetry in a style that allows free association of concept and imagery. Author William Poe s novel, Simon Says, received positive reviews from the Midwest Book Review, Indiereader and the Sacramento Book Review. Poe turns here to poetry, in a collection considering the importance of self-discovery. After a decade within the confines of Reverend Moon s Unification Church, Poe left what he describes as a cult to only stumble on the bigger mess of Hollywood. There, he found success as a motion picture distributor, but the young man continually struggled with his sexuality, which led to a drug addiction. Drawing from everything including personal experiences, the Bible, Greek mythology, Nursery Rhymes, and pop culture, Poe offers readers a variety of poems that helped him explore his thoughts about religion and science, and about his experiences with suicidal thoughts, drug addiction and recovery, as well the hardships of life on the street. The poems resulted from a desire to express my struggles and to come to terms with religious beliefs and their conflicts with science, homosexuality and drug addiction, says Poe. They may not provide answers, but they helped me form the questions I needed to ask. Poe wrote Myths and Rhymes to involve others in the difficult quest to understand the deeper meaning of life and to help others find themselves, just as he did through poetry. Instead of expressing his feelings destructively, Poe decided to be proactive and challenge his personal demons through this work of art. Bookseller Inventory # APC9781479233915

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