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Taking readers on a psychic journey of self-discovery, the book of poetry, Myths and Rhymes, juxtaposes classical mythology with popular culture and blends references to harrowing experiences of drug addiction and cultism.


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From the Introduction


Myths and Rhymes is a collection of poems based on thoughts jotted down while I was in drug rehab. The recovery process included writing, which I used to explore my fears, tragedies, hopes and fantasies. It became imperative for me to sort out what I believed about God, spirituality, and to weave the truths of science into a personal cosmology. In addition to that, I needed to come to terms with being a gay man.

The journey that led to drug addiction began in my late teens as an idealist young man who gravitated to what was left of the hippie movement in the early 1970s. I joined a religious commune called the Unified Family, which soon became known as Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church, or the “Moonies.” A decade of dedication ended with disillusionment. The promised transformation from a mundane world of personal struggles to a grandiose vision of world peace and unity never materialized. It was not obvious to my young mind that such counterfeit visions were the currency of all charismatic religious figures.

The transition from cult member to drug addict occurred seamlessly. Something in my personality thrives on extremes. I ran from life as a church member, and pursued death as a drug addict. Finally, in rehab, I realized that I had better calm down, collect my thoughts, and follow the suggestion of the old Moody Blues song, which said, “Thinking is the best way to travel.”

I admire poets who evoke thought worlds at once fantastic and familiar. Edith Sitwell and Anne Sexton are favorites now, but I started out in youth absorbing the poems of William Blake (even the really long ones). Rabindranath Tagore and Arthur Rimbaud thrill me anew each time I encounter one of their poems.

The poems in this volume are vehicles for me to share something of my psychic journey.


William Poe

 October 2012

 Press Release

Author dedicated to self-discovery finds himself through writing words of poetry

William Poe turned his negative feelings into positive ones through the use of poetry, which he has collected into “Myths and Rhymes”

SILVER SPRING, Md. – “Myths and Rhymes” (ISBN 1479233919) is a collection of rhyming poetry in a symbolist style that author William Poe penned during his time in drug rehabilitation. Poe's novel, Simon Says, received positive reviews from the Midwest Book Review, Indiereader and the Sacramento Book Review. Poe turns here to poetry, in a collection considering the importance of self-discovery.

After a decade within the confines of Reverend Moon’s Unification Church, Poe left what he describes as a ‘cult’ to only stumble on the bigger mess of Hollywood. There, he found success as a motion picture distributor, but the young man continually struggled with his sexuality, which led to a drug addiction.

While in rehabilitation for his addiction, Poe’s counselor encouraged him to explore his feelings through writing. Thus, the poems of “Myths and Rhymes” were born. Drawing from everything including personal experiences, the Bible, Greek mythology and pop culture, Poe offers readers a variety of poems that helped him discover who he truly is.

“The poems resulted from a desire to express my struggles and to come to terms with religious beliefs, homosexuality and drug addiction,” says Poe.  “I know that I am not the only one going through these experiences.”


Poe wrote “Myths and Rhymes” to let others know that they are not alone on their difficult journeys and to help others find themselves, just as he did through poetry.  Instead of expressing his feelings destructively, Poe decided to be proactive and share his feelings through this work of art.

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About the Author:

William Poe is a writer and visual artist who earned his bachelor’s in art at the University of Arkansas and a master’s in anthropology from the University of Nebraska. Poe was inspired to write “Myths and Rhymes,” after admitting himself into rehabilitation to break away from his drug addiction and find himself as a person. A counselor encouraged him to explore his feelings through writing, which led him to self-discovery. In addition to “Myths and Rhymes,” Poe has written two novels, “Simon Says” and “Simple Simon” winner of the 2016 IndieReader Discovery Award in category LGBT as well as the book of short stories and poems, “Endings: Poetry and Prose.”



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