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
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.
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”
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
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.
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.”
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.
and Rhymes” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.
About the Author:
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 other books, “Simon Says” and “Simple Simon.”
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