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Poems (and paintings) from the fragile mind of a messed-up young man battling with depression.
Paperback, 108 pages
Published May 14th 2019
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Janie C.
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The poems in this collection are exquisitely relatable to anyone who has battled their own demons of self-consciousness, anxiety and depression. This poet as a young man expresses himself whole-heartedly in down to earth and unabashed language. While some of the lines may be awkward in the expression of youthful emotions, the will to persevere and find direction make up for the burgeoning poet's search for expression. The artwork included by the author is as compelling as his writing. I greatly ...more
Paul E. Morph
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a collection of what I might describe as juvenalia if I were feeling pretentious. This batch of Harry’s early work is undeniably a little rough around the edges, as you might expect, but it has a lot of heart and I couldn’t help liking it.

I also really liked the way the poems were presented; rather than typesetting them beautifully, the author has chosen to scan/photograph the original poems on the poorly typed, coffee and tear stained scraps of whatever paper was to hand when the muse s
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Jason
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019, poetry
This book reminds me of two poets, firstly Allen Ginsberg. Ginsberg decided to release the complete works and he included all of his early poems, he didn't care if they weren't his best, he wasn't ashamed of them, he felt the readers needed to know how he became a poet, what he was like in the beginning. Harry Whitewolf has done something similar here by sharing his early work with us, in fact he has taken it one step further by including mistakes and any corrections he made at the time. The poe ...more
Casey Kiser
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was absolutely blown away by the quality of this book! The poems and paintings are incredible! The vibe/format is incredible as well, as he shares mistakes/edits and every poem seems truly unique from the last. Not that quality is something unusual for Harry but with it being 'early poems' , I had no real expectations. Fans will love this one! 'Destiny wanders/ Through the changes upon us,/ With each sentiment of timelessly growing./ Each man must decide whether to squander/ The truth that the ...more
Tony Sunderland
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a young man, I loved the music of Queen, and in particular, the uniqueness of the sheer heart attack voice of Freddie Mercury. I purchased every album and even got my hands on a couple of bootleg productions. One of these, titled Duck Soup gave me my first real glimpse into the workings of the band during an early live stage performance. This was very different to the slickly produced sounds that usually appeared on a professionally engineered Queen Album. But the bootleg record allowed me to ...more
Rebecca Gransden
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
For this collection Whitewolf disinters a selection of his writings. Composed in adolescence and early adulthood, they span a period of time in the author’s life that will be recognisable to anyone who had a challenging set of circumstances and inner turmoils to face while growing up. Which is everybody. Sometimes early depression is somewhat minimised by being referred to as angst, and categorised as a phase to be grown out of. It’s true that this can happen, but that doesn’t diminish the sever ...more
Harry Whitewolf
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: poetry
My younger self rates this book 5 stars!
Kent Winward
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Insightful into the young Mr. Whitewolf -- look this is adolescent, angsty poetry, but it also shows the glimmers of where Harry was headed in the future.

But really the best part for me was the paintings -- I thoroughly enjoyed Harry's artwork. Worth the price of the book alone.
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He's the author of two ragamuffin travelling tales: Route Number 11 (about Harry's five-month drunken journey around Argentina; and across the borders to Paraguay, Chile and Brazil) and The Road To Purification (which describes his mad-as-fuck pot-smoking trip around Egypt). In addition, Harry has written ten collections of distinctive contemporary poetry, in
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