A contemplative, honest collection…
Simultaneously dark and poignant, Robb’s short collection of poetry describes with sorrow and passion the innermost feelings of someone suffering from mental illness. In these poems, the protagonist takes the reader on a journey into the innermost depths of his subconscious mind, revealing his disappointments, despairs, fears, insecurities, and loneliness that comes with mental illness. In “Life Story,”Robb explores the tormenting thoughts of the protagonist’s troubled mind (“Has my life story started?/ Am I on chapter two?”). “My Alien Illness” movingly captures the feeling of alienation: “An alien among you I am/ This body does not feel as my own/ Everyone around is a suspect of peering eyes”. In “Leave,” the darkness within is constant and the despair refuses to leave the protagonist. “Darkness and Light” transcends with feeling, particularity, and candidness. Robb’s short collection offers a poignant examination into the despondency and despair associated with depression.
Introspections from a Clouded Mind
By Jeffrey Robb
Pub date February 24, 2020
Price $4.48 (USD) Paperback, $0.75 Kindle edition