Poetry Through Recovery

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Well, it’s almost finished… this is the most difficult book I have ever written and I guess that means something. Scheduled for release on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Halloween, I know… an important festive day in my life.

I had to burrow into my soul to write this as I thought long about how to approach this book. Did I want it to be some woe-is-me chronological account of my life while I was using and getting sober? Or did I want to approach it in a more emotional way so that while I wrote it, I could actually feel what I felt before and during my recovery?

I opted for the latter because I know there are people out there that still struggle with addiction and recovery. A lot of us think and thought that it was supposed to be some cakewalk. Newly clean and sober people see ‘oldheads’ living their lives in some bodacious harmony and sometimes it’s discouraging because that type of living seems a million moons away. But, it isn’t that far away for any of us.

So that is what I touch on in my memoir as a poetic and essay-ic journey through my last year of using into my first year and beyond in recovery. It’s not pretty sometimes and it’s not supposed to be.

…it’s never too late for a second chance…

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Author: D. A. M. Steelman

I could get through life just fine quoting heavy metal lyrics.

3 thoughts on “Poetry Through Recovery”

  1. Congratulations on publishing and recovery! In my opinion, for what it’s worth, I much prefer the path you chose (emotions vs chronological). I have an unfinished 50k page book where I started chronological, dealing with topics of several forms of abuse, and put it on the backburner until I’m ready to switch to more theme/emotional basis. I followed you so I can keep an eye out for when you release. I look forward to reading more of your work. Sincerely, Brian

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    1. Hi Brian, thank you so much for your support! I also started a chronological book a while back, but it got a bit tedious… I guess that’s why I am going with a more emotional route.
      I hope you get back to working on your book. I know it can be a brutal road at times, but in the end, it feels kind of cleansing.

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