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If you would like to buy one of Popcorn for the discounted price of £1.99 PayPal me your address and whatever the postage is in your country. paypal.me/KLpoetry

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Depression in Later life,  an Essential Guide. Deborah Serani @DeborahSerani

Title:
DEPRESSION IN LATER LIFE: AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE

Author: Dr. Deborah Serani

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Pages: 286

Genre: Self-Help/Psychology

BOOK
BLURB:

The geriatric population, defined as men and women 65 years and older, is the fastest growing population in the world. Little attention has been given to the mental health of the aging, and often treatable disorders are overlooked entirely. Depression is one of the leading mental disorders in any age group, but among the elderly, it is often viewed as a normal part of aging. But it’s not. Depression at any age requires attention and treatment.

Depression in Later Life 

is a go-to guide that introduces readers to depression among the aging and elderly. It looks at both sufferers who’ve been diagnosed in their younger years as well as those with a new diagnosis, and reviews the symptoms, the diagnostic process, treatment options including alternative and holistic approaches, and long-term care for those experiencing mild, moderate, or severe depression.
With real stories throughout, the book illustrates the many forms depression can take, and Dr. Serani offers a compassionate voice alongside practical advice for sufferers, caregivers, and families.

BOOK IS AN AWARD WINNER: 2016
Gold Medal Winner, Psychology, Foreword Review https://www.forewordreviews.com/awards/books/depression-in-later-life/.

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Book Excerpt:

What is
Late-Life Depression?

            I know depression because I’ve endured it my entire life. I had it as a child and it worsened as I became a teenager. And it still lingers in the margins of my life at age 55. For me, depression was a chronic illness that left me in despair and frighteningly unaware of its grinding misery. I didn’t recognize the symptoms – and neither did any family or friends. In fact, as my depression worsened as a college student, I sank into a featureless existence, either awake in a fatigued haze or sleeping the entire day away. Gradually, the bitter brine of depression flooded my mind with hopelessness. I didn’t care about the future and I couldn’t find purpose in the present. It didn’t occur to me that anything was out-of-sorts, short-sighted or even peculiar as my thinking became more corrosive. When I attempted suicide at age 19 with a handgun, it felt right. It felt comforting.

            Of course, looking back, I was in deep emotional and physical pain and believed I found a way to make it stop. But it wasn’t a healthy choice. I was making a decision from an incredibly distorted reality. Luckily my plan was interrupted and I immediately got help. I began intensive psychotherapy and discovered that I’d been living with dysthymic disorder and that it escalated into a major depressive episode.
Having both these disorders was called a double depression, and I
learned how to replace the quiet agony of my illness with tools to live a more meaningful life. The experience I had with talk therapy was so life-changing and life-saving that it inspired me to become a psychologist. I combined my personal experiences with depression with my training as a clinician and became an expert in mood disorders. I realized that my personal experiences with depression offered enormous insight to those who sought treatment with me because I know the talk and I walk the walk.

            In the 45 years of personally living with depression and the 25 years of professionally treating it as a disorder, this is what I’ve learned:

  •             Depression doesn’t care if you’re rich or famous, poor or homeless.
  •             It doesn’t care if you’re young or old. Or if you’re ordinary or  superlatively gifted.

  •             Depression cuts across social economic status, is found in every culture and in every country around the world.
  •             Depression will drape its chokehold over men, women and children – and thinks nothing of how it decays your mind, siphons your soul and crushes the glimpse of possibility, hope and freedom at every turn.
  •             Depression is not an experience that fades with the next sunrise or can be shaken off with a newfound attitude. It won’t be cured by tough-love. Or rectified by ignoring it. You can’t snap out of it or will it away either. And if you try to minimize its wrenching hold on your health, it’ll root itself even deeper. Depression can’t be ranked alongside adjectives like blue, sad, dejected, down, melancholy or unhappy. Those words just won’t do… because they don’t even come close to describing what depression feels like.
  •             Depression demands you to see it for what it truly is – an illness. And while it’s a serious illness, it is treatable. The key to success in living with depression is early identification, consistent treatment and planning to manage your illness.

Defining Depression

            Depression is a complex illness that significantly impacts the way you feel, think and behave. According to the World Health Organization, depression involves feelings of worthlessness, decreased energy, hopelessness, poor concentration, negative thinking and disrupted sleeping and eating patterns, just to name a few. The most predominant of these symptoms is a depressed mood, and because of this, depression is classified as a mood disorder. Sometimes called affective disorders, mood disorders are the most common mental illness, touching over a hundred million people worldwide. Mood disorders aren’t the result of a weakness of character, laziness or a person’s inability to buck up and be strong. Mood disorders are a real medical condition.

The Geriatric Population

           

It’s important to know that depression can occur at any age, but in this book, we’re looking at depression in later life. Specifically, the geriatric population – which are individuals 65 years of age and older. Sometimes referred to as seniors or the elderly, geriatric citizens are the fastest growing population in the world.  In America, alone, the baby boomer generation now makes up over 50 million of the senior population. With people living longer, and the combination of medical advances and technology improving the state of healthcare, the senior population is expected to soar to 72 million by the year 2030. More specifically, The US Census Bureau reports that in the next 45 years, people over the age 65 will double, and people over the age 85 will triple. And now more than ever, centenarians, people 100 years of age and older, are not just reaching these amazing ages, but living richly textured lives.                
      

            While gerontology, the study of the aging process in human beings, has brought insights about the physical, emotional and social needs of this population, little has been done to train geriatric health professionals. In fact, 97% of medical school students have no training in geriatrics, and the rate of doctors graduating with a geriatrician degree are lower now than ten years ago. 

            Even geriatric psychology, or geropsychology, the specialty that focuses on the mental health of the elderly, isn’t gaining the kind of traction needed to help those living in their golden years.

            This makes identifying and treating depression in later life difficult. But with the help you get in Depression in Later Life, you’ll be equipped to see the early warning signs and know where to get help.  
  

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About the Author

Dr. Deborah Serani is a psychologist in practice over 25 years, an associate adjunct professor at Adelphi University and a TEDx speaker on the subject of depression. She is also a go-to expert on psychological issues. Dr. Serani is the author of the award-winning books, Living with Depression, Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers and Depression in Later Life: An Essential Guide published by Rowman & Littlefield.

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#girlpoems By Nakada Wilson and guests #bookreview Reprise. 

  • Publisher: Amazon
  • Release Date: April twenty-fifth 2016
  • Average Rating: 4.0/5 🌟

 

I have read this book many times. It’s a great collection Nakada Wilson has put together, with guests Alyssa Matuchniak, Josslyn Rae Turner, Andriana Xenophontos, Erin Van Handel, Geremij, Lira, Ashley Mock, Alisha Kendall, Ally Mare, A.D, and Ed Luna. 

I can not help but think of the Lana Del Rey song This is what makes us Girls as I read these poems of drink, drugs, love, self-harm, school, femininity, confidence, and beauty. The first nineteen poems are written by Nakada Wilson. These are edgy, and ironic. With lines about vodka, inhaling weed, with ‘body tight, morals loose,’ shades of lipstick, and a honeysuckle scent. I think for me the stand out poems are Nokia Talk about a relationship with an older man, ‘SMS wasn’t an option –

parents pay phone bill,’

And Sullen Secrets as a school day ends, students rush out from the school building, and one girl compliments another, ‘I like your skirt’ she whispers

As the fabric raises slightly high

It reveals sad undertones

Thin laceration lines

She’s not fooling anyone,’

Of the remaining poems Erin Van Handel has a total of three, each with their own merits. The Girl in the Mirror by Josslyn Rae Turner, and Breaking Mirrors by Alisha Kendall are poems about fragile self-esteem.

Written from the heart, Girl poems is a book that shows the vulnerabilities of being female, as well as our strengths. 

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One of the first poems to be written from this chapbook.

Like a copy? PayPal me paypal.me/KLpoetry. Five pounds and whatever the postage costs in your country.

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Gorgeous poetry book photos.




The light made a sudden appearance, so I grabbed the opportunity to take some photos of my poetry books. Which photo is your favourite?


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Marrying an Alien Pop Star. Kendra. L. Saunders. @kendrybird


Marrying an Alien Pop Star
Kendra L. Saunders
(Alien Pop Star #3)
Published by: Crimson Tree Publishing
Publication date: November 20th 2017
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance, Science Fiction

Daisy and her alien fiancé Griffin are planning a big wedding, but not just any big wedding – the biggest wedding the universe has ever seen. Daisy has been settling into life on Griffin’s home world of Kalesstria, running her own intergalactic music shop and planning for the big day. But things hit a road bump when there’s a problem with Griffin’s father – and it’s a little more complicated than the usual disapproving dad drama. Looks like “save the date” is going to have to take a backseat to saving the universe…

Marrying an Alien Pop Star is the perfect laugh-out-loud romantic finale to the beloved Alien Pop Star series.

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EXCERPT:

Somehow, every time I return to Earth, the awful smells that make up New York City seem even more welcome to my nose. A woman can only be without the olfactory cocktail of garbage, cheap coffee, morning cigarettes, and desperate hangovers for so long.

Finally, finally, here Griffin, Dev and I are, setting foot in the East Village with nothing but our clothes, one bag, and a bunch of semi-counterfeited money. Okay, not semi-counterfeited. Completely counterfeited. Griffin and Dev can create stacks of fake Earth currencies with almost no effort, which is disconcerting if I think about it for too long. I try not think about it at all, actually.

Griffin tips himself over a filthy looking garbage can and throws up for all he’s worth. I wander away a little and stare at taxis rolling by, willing my own stomach to calm down.

I’ve ‘traveled’ through space several times with Griffin, but it really doesn’t make it any easier, evidenced by my stomach’s gleeful attempt to empty everything inside it as soon as we land at our destination. Usually, I can bully my stomach into calming down before anything actually manages to come up, but the same can’t be said for Griffin. Somehow, he’s a million times worse at traveling through space than I am, despite his people’s advanced capabilities.

And see, I love him, and aspire to comfort him when he’s feeling sad or sick, but I know better than to get too close at a time like this. Besides, that’s exactly what Griffin’s best friend Dev is for.

Aforementioned best friend makes a beeline for Griffin, sidling up to him and patting him on the back. “It’s alright,” he says, in the special soothing voice he uses for Griffin in times of stomach disaster. “Just breathe through your nose, Griff. Pretend you’re on a horizon. Everything is still. Nothing moves. You’re weightless and blissful.”

Griffin raises his head and grumbles something about not feeling very blissful, and then lurches forward to vomit again.

Where Griffin is dark haired and pale and pointy, Dev’s handsomely golden in every respect. His skin always looks freshly sun-kissed, and his big gray eyes seem rested even when he hasn’t slept. He’s a calming force on everyone he comes into contact with, even his manic best friend. “Find your calm, Griff. You’re alright. You’re weightless and–”

“I’m not alright!” Griffin replies, flailing his hands around while still leaned fully over the bin.

Dev pats Griffin on the back. “I’m proud of you, Griff. You programmed our trip this time, and you didn’t kill any of us.”

His praise is justified, because this is actually kind of a big deal. Griffin is infamously terrible at travel, and has sent himself to a few dangerous places by accident over the years. Of course, reminding him of this fact never goes over well, and today is no exception. He raises his head again to pin Dev with a nasty look.

“I happen to be…” he starts to say, and then takes a long pause, “somewhat better at traveling than I used to be, thank you very much.” With that, he pukes again, and Dev bites his lower lip to keep from smiling.


Author Bio:

Kendra L. Saunders is a time-and-space traveling fashionista author who writes books about magical, dark-haired men, interviews famous people, and suggests way too many bands to you via whatever social media platform she can get her hands on. She writes with good humor because humor is the best weapon for a girl who can’t learn karate (or ballroom dancing). She’s the author of the Alien Pop Star series, The Unlove Spell, magic realism novel Inanimate Objects, the dark comedy Death and Mr. Right, and the poetry collection Geminis and Past Lives.

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The  Sunday Spotlight, with poet Cooper Wilhelm @cooperwilhelm

Something about my writing:



I really like the idea of poetry as having someone else in the room with you. I focus a lot on loss and the idea of trying to build a little escarpment in the passage of time. Poetry can be a way of holding onto things, especially yourself. I have my first-full length book (DUMBHEART/STUPIDFACE) coming out in September and a lot of it has to do with that.

Something about me:

I like how poetry feels like an occult practice (I wrote a microchapbook about necromancy and breakups and Walt Whitman). I also do a radio show where I interview witches and other occult scholars/practitioners about the “dark arts.”

Social media and so on:

Twitter: @cooperwilhelm // instagram: @cbwilhelm //

Website with publications and stuff: cooperwilhelm.com / poetryandstrangers.com


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#bookreview Butterflies lost within the Crooked Moonlight. Matt Nagin @MNagin

  • Title:Butterflies lost within the Crooked Moonlight

Matt Nagin

  • Publisher: Burning Flower Press
  • Average Rating: 4.5/5🌟
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  • About the Author:

Matt Nagin is an author, educator, actor, filmmaker and standup comedian. He has been published in Writer’s Digest, The New York Post, Mic, The Humor Times, The Higgs-Weldon, Grain Magazine, Arsenic Lobster, The Charles Carter, Dash, Antigonish Review and many, many more. He also wrote and directed his first short film, “Inside Job,” which premiered at The Mediterranean Film Festival Cannes, where it won Best Short Film. More info at mattnagin.com

Nagin’s poetry takes a while and for some may prove not to be your thing. In the first few poems of this book we have a rather confusing one more refrain in Flirt, a run of poetry forms being nuked, suffocated, and shot in Poetry Assassin, and in Wondrous Admonition we are called to LISTEN and the end of the poem grinds to a bit of a halt.

It’s actually a lot of fun and I imagine Nagin had a lot of fun writing the poems. It’s free-verse, and experimental, and you are able to get the ideas behind the poems. 

Immigrant Love Story is a lot more like it, ‘your face is my face and my future is your future and yet your face is kept behind a fence,’ followed by Outside Hotel Ganseroort, ‘every night platinum blondes in mini-skirts and halter tops,’

Many poets don’t write about poetry, but Nagin does, and in March of Syllables he writes about why poetry. NG Tube, At the Funeral, the titles here speak for themselves. At the Funeral plays with form. Wrong One  is a love poem, Turns towards Bethlehem, and then Forever 21 is brilliant, these lines,’since it almost seems we

Were never even 21 the

First time and we secretly 

Want to go back to that time,’

Night at the Waldorf, again you don’t know what you’re going to get, but this is another standout. Like Nightingales, another play with form. Poem Primer is a list of some of the worst things that can happen to us. Supplication, Heartbreak Unconventional, Thanksgiving, Election Day, again the titles speak for themselves. Poems Preparations, and Army of Charlatans are a another play with form.  Report Card, relatable I think for all receiving feedback from family and friends, ‘you should write something people actually want to read,’ Endless Blanket, writes the minute details of our lives, from Christmas gifts, through to the Milky Way.  Inspirational Chat, is the very opposite of that. Don’t Relinquish the Mantle, Tinseltown Hierarchy, Sick, Poems from the Head, Millennial Art, ‘a wolf pit of social media nothingness,’ Audition, Twelve years an Adjunct Professor, ‘where are the grateful pupils?’ Bombing at Sloan-Kettering is stand-up on a cancer ward, Lamentations, The Recovery Room is a lengthy poem, Cactus a simple poem draws outwards to illustrate the single object of a cactus, title poem, and the final three Strung out, Paradox, and The End of the Poem.

The reason I listed the poems in this collection is because each one is worthy of a mention, and some of the titles indicate where the title will take you, and the range of subjects too. 

Matt Nagin in similar in style with Bruce Kilarski, in that in their poetry they both bring our lives, and the objects within them, to align with the out, and our vast universe.The poems on poetry had an impact too, and were like a touch base in between the other poems.

A slow start, but Butterflies lost within the Crooked Moonlight grew on me. It’s a distinctive style Matt Nagin has and his book deserves an applause. Poetry readers this is a must read. 

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#bookreview Reprise Screams and Lavender. Dior. J. Stephens. @dolphinneptune @ghostcitypress

I reviewed this back in October and I’m still in love with the writing! 

Here’s my original review for those that may have missed it 

In this chapbook I have found some of the finest writing I have ever read. This chapbook contains poems that begin MILLENIALS! MY MILLENIALS! a rallying cry, which flips back the assumptions of those that think we are leeches, and always on our phones. Contrary to these are, again well presented, pieces of prose on a relationship.

Brilliant stuff.

Download for Free from the publisher’s website Ghost City press

https://ghostcitypress.com/2017-summer-microchap-series/screams-and-lavender

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#ontheradar @christinakhart @songsofkat & others !

  • Title: Moon full of Moons. Kat Lehmann. 
  • Publisher: 29 Trees Press 
  • Release Date: February 18th 2015
  • Average Rating: 4.9/5 🌟
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  • Blurb:

Winner of the 2016 Royal Dragonfly Book Award, Moon Full of Moons is a collection of poetry about resilience, renewal, and creating a deep happiness in the midst of sadness and ongoing loss.
The book is divided into nine chapters, each named after a phase of the moon. Moon Full of Moons is a journey of survival, empowerment, and a determination to discover a light that has known darkness. This moving collection of over 100 poems explores innocence, love, mental illness, family, grief, forgiveness, healing, acceptance, and joy. Raw and honest with lush, evocative imagery, Moon Full of Moons is “self help in a whole new way”.
Everything is made from the remnants of what was. So – yes – you can build from it again.
“Kat Lehmann writes in an honest, magical way, opening up fresh possibilities the mind and heart. Every word and phrase in the book reeks of so much soul, giving one hope and joy as one traverses through this journey.” – Barnes & Noble reader
“A gentle refocus from the wise and gifted Kat Lehmann.” – Amazon reader
“A delightful and deep book of words and wonder for the phases of life, love, loss, and renewal.” – Amazon reader
“I will read and reread it as nourishment for my soul.” – Amazon reader

This has been on my TBR for a while, and I finally got to it! The author has an instantly likeable writing style, and the subjects are just what poetry was made for: reflection, nature, relationships etc.

  • TitleHush your Gums. Sheldon Sinnamon
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Release Date: October 18th 2017
  • Average Rating: N/A
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  • Blurb:

Sheldon Sinnamon’s third poetry book, ‘Hush Your Gums’ is his least dark collection so far. Sinnamon gets loads off his chest whilst mixing between story telling and poetry. It is a perfect continuation to witness his development, maturity, variety and sarcasm. It is also a perfect introduction to Sinnamon’s work, being an easier read without it being too deep. This book includes the already published poem ‘Snakes And Ladders’ from a political poetry anthology released in early 2017. “This book was a challenge to me, I tried my best to keep it at a level of not too much darkness but yet still pour out a few journeys I’m going through” – Sheldon Sinnamon.

 

I have read Sheldon’s other two books of poetry, and I’m excited I didn’t have to wait long for book three!

  • Title: There is Beauty in the Bleeding. Christina Hart.
  • Publisher: Createspace
  • Release Date: October 31st 2017
  • Average Rating: 4.6/5 🌟
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  • Available on KU
  • Blurb:

There will be days when you 

completely fall a p a r t 

and that’s okay. 

There will be days where 

your ribs feel like blades. 

Let them cut you. 

There is beauty in the bleeding. 

There is hope in the healing. 

Christina Hart, bestselling author of Empty Hotel Rooms Meant for Us and Letting Go Is an Acquired Taste, releases her first full-length poetry collection.
Warning: This book contains sensitive content depicting sex, violence, abuse, drugs, and addiction.

This is the first book by Christina I have read and I’m a fan! 

  • Title: Rotten Pleasantness. Veronica McDonald. 
  • Release Date: May 5th 2017
  • Average Rating: 4.6/5 🌟
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  • Blurb:

Veronica McDonald’s first chapbook is full of things dark and strange. In these 24 poems and flash pieces, the reader is invited on a journey through childhood nostalgia, teenage awkwardness, and unhealthy romances twisted by the powers of magical realism. Monsters will appear, the inanimate will come to life, and all will get lost in the murkiness between real and imaginary.

The poetry in this chapbook is certainly a little creepy! A great debut from McDonald. 

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