Cover Art by Zachary Abney
5.5 by 8.5 inches | 80 pp
"Oh Not So Great":
Poems from the Depression Project
These poems are the result of a years-long project designed to create for physicians a doorway to empathy with patients who suffer from mental illness. As it turns out, they open that door wide for us all. Here are people speaking from deep within the isolating world of depression, their stories transformed into poetry by Rob Taylor’s considerable talents. From the heart-rending admission to a friend in the first poem (It’s the one gift / I do give you, every day / I don’t call), to the final lines (You walk alone / across the room, sit by the fire, / and wait there for the longest time), this collection unveils a reality lived by far too many people, one most of us don’t know how to handle — not when we experience it ourselves, not when loved ones are going through it. Read this book. It will help.
—Sandy Shreve, author of Waiting for the Albatross and Suddenly, So Much
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Rob Taylor is the author of the poetry collections The Other Side of Ourselves (Cormorant Books, 2011) and The News (Gaspereau Press, 2016), which was a finalist for the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. Rob was the recipient of a 2015 City of Vancouver Mayor’s Arts Award, as an emerging artist. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and son.