By Betsy Thorpe
By Delora French
Frustration of expression
reeks with odor
like green onions
encased in thin skins.
Repugnant to our senses
then flooding our nostrils
of better yet to come.
“Not a word has been changed or a typo corrected in this second printing of Caught Red Handed In The Act Of Being Myself. The only difference from the first printing in 1999 is the new cover and the addition of this preface”.
“For over thirty years I suffered from bi-polar disorder a psychotic disorder characterized by alternating periods of depression and mania. Although my affliction was an ill-kept secret I was reluctant to come out of the closet because of the stigma associated with mental illness. But I decided to come out with this second printing because my bi-polar disorder inspired many of these poems.”
“I only hope that these poems will help others understand bi-polar disorder and help understand those who are affected by it.”
Caught Red Handed In The Act Of Being Myself, is a collection of beautiful and often disturbing poetry by Delora French. Her words move at a pace and rhythm that reflect the various moods and emotions she experienced throughout the course of her fearful journey into the dark recesses of mental illness.
However, not all the poetry presented in this volume is dark and fearful. With lyrical clarity Ms. French also expresses the joy she experiences observing the wonders of nature and the hope she discovers in the hand of a child.
Delora French lives in Nashville Tennessee with her husband Robert Lewis French.
Caught Red Handed In The Act Of Being Myself is available for purchase at PublishedbyWestview.com