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Book details
  • Genre:POETRY
  • SubGenre:American / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:112
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781098395872
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098395865

Poetry From Behind Mental Walls

by Chris Smith View author's profile page

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Overview
"Poetry From Behind Mental Walls" is a breathtaking poetry book that dives into the complexities of the author's life experiences. These poems are masterfully crafted and meticulously regimented to showcase the perspectives of life growing up in suburban to rural America, specifically Northern Virginia, Ohio, Colorado, and Connecticut.
Description
"Poetry From Behind Mental Walls" is a breathtaking poetry book that dives into the complexities of the author's life experiences. These poems are masterfully crafted and meticulously regimented to showcase the perspectives of life growing up in suburban to rural America, specifically Northern Virginia, Ohio, Colorado, and Connecticut. The poems in this book dive into each moment of the author's life – elaborating on his education, extracurriculars like sports, boy scouts, and mentoring. At some point, everyone who experiences the wonders of life also must face its hardships and challenges. Life is never without struggle, and the author found himself in a battle with mental illness – being admitted to institutions like Whiting Forensic Hospital (WFH) and the Psychiatric Security and Review Board, the PSRB. Through it all, he persevered. He has lived an admirable life, and it has manifested into compelling poetry that is certain to touch your heart with each verse.
About the author
Chris Smith is from Northern Virginia, he enjoyed having a suburban to rural lifestyle at his home that was not a farm but had a pond, three acres, and many pets ranging from dogs, cats, ducks, chickens, goats, and even cattle. On top of pets, he was the eldest of three brothers with a mom and dad in a very close-knit family that supported each other immensely to this day. After college, he got his Master of Science in Engineering Physics from the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville, Virginia doing Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) and Matrix-Assisted Pulsed Laser Evaporation (MAPLE) of all materials, but with an emphasis on polymers for nanoscale coating for controlled drug delivery particles into the lungs. Struggles with mental health prevented him from earning his PhD, as he had to go to Whiting Forensic Hospital (WFH) and be placed under the Psychiatric Security and Review Board (PSRB). This was a very difficult and tumultuous part of his life, but he persevered and got out of WFH, yet he is still under the PSRB. During his time under the PSRB, while he was at WFH, and due to his free time caused by COVID-19, Chris Smith started to write books including poetry books about themes, thoughts and feeling in his life, and a book about life at WFH from the point of view of the patient, which is a rarity in the field of mental health. Currently, Chris is trying to publish his first poetry book, "Poetry From Behind Mental Walls" and the patient oriented WFH book, "A Patient's Narrative". He is currently writing a second poetry book, "Poetry From Behind Mental Walls Volume II". As always, Chris wants to thank all his readers for showing interest and reading his books.
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