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The Mind’s Labyrinth : A Poetic Exploration of Mental Illness

The Mind’s Labyrinth : A Poetic Exploration of Mental Illness


Adam Gooch

Author Bio

Adam Gooch is a talented blacksmith by trade and a former firefighter. He is an individual with a diverse range of interests, including poetry, fantasy novels, renaissance fairs, and anime. With a strong appreciation for both the physical and imaginative worlds, Gooch brings a unique perspective to his work. Gooch’s background as a blacksmith provides him with a sense of discipline and technique, which he applies to his creative pursuits. He has the ability to bring to life objects that are not only functional but also beautiful, a rare combination in any craft. He is also a former firefighter, who has dedicated multiple years of his life to serving his community, responding to emergencies, and helping to keep people safe. This experience has given him a sense of responsibility and a desire to help others, which he channels into his writing and art. Gooch’s interests in fantasy novels, renaissance fairs, and anime provide him with a wealth of inspiration for his poetry. His love for fantasy and historical reenactments allows him to immerse himself in the world of fantasy and historical reenactments. He brings his imagination to life in his poetry, creating a unique and captivating experience for his readers.


Mental illness is a complex and multifaceted issue that affects people from all walks of life. It can manifest in a variety of ways, and each individual’s experience is unique. In this collection of 28 poems, we explore the complexity of mental illness through raw and honest perspectives, delving into the struggles and triumphs of living with mental illness. The poems in this collection offer a wide range of perspectives, from those who have experienced mental illness firsthand to those who have loved ones who have been affected by it. They explore the range of emotions that come with mental illness, from feelings of hopelessness and despair to moments of triumph and hope. The accompanying artwork in this collection adds a visually striking dimension to the poems, creating a multi-sensory journey through the mind. The artwork is thoughtfully curated, and each piece is carefully chosen to complement the poems, adding depth and meaning to the overall experience. The artwork serves as a visual representation of the themes explored in the poems, and it helps to create a powerful and immersive experience for the reader. The collection serves as a reminder that we are not alone in our struggles with mental illness. It offers hope and solace to those who are going through difficult times and it reminds us that beauty and hope can be found in our darkest moments. Mental illness is a difficult and isolating experience, but through this collection of poems and artwork, we are reminded that we are not alone, and that there is always hope. As we journey through this collection of poems, we gain insight into the complexities of mental illness and we come to understand that it is not something that can be easily defined or understood. It is a nuanced and multifaceted issue that affects each person differently. This collection serves as a powerful reminder that mental illness is not something to be stigmatized or ignored, but instead, it should be acknowledged and understood. It is a reminder that, with the right support and understanding, those who are affected by mental illness can lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.

Book excerpt

Social Media Addiction The fear of missing out, a constant companion A voice in the back of your head, a nagging demand To check your phone, to refresh your feed To see what you’re missing, to fulfill your greed A never-ending cycle, a constant need To know what others are doing, to feed the greed But as you scroll and swipe, you start to feel Like you’re missing out on something real The laughter and love, the joy and pain The moments shared, the memories gained All happening without you, just out of reach The fear of missing out, a constant breach Of the present moment, of the here and now As you get lost in the screens, in the virtual wow You start to feel disconnected, a ghost in the crowd The fear of missing out, a feeling so loud But it’s just an illusion, a mirage in the sand Those perfect lives, they’re not as grand As they seem on the screen, they’re just as flawed The fear of missing out, a ploy, a fraud

Genre Poetry
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