Mental Health Taxes : A Book of Poetry, Aphorisms, and a Short Story
Poetry is an act of contrition. It's the art of looking at life in a painfully honest way. Poetry uses metaphors to capture life's intricate complications where plain, obvious and straightforward language fails. This book explores those metaphors like the tax collector. Your difficult relationship is like an invisible tax collector on your mental health. Your stress is a mental health tax collector. Your fear of engaging with loss, pain, addiction, denial is your tax collector and it will keep collecting and collecting you do something to stop it. Your mental health is taxed by what you avoid. This book is a work of art with the hidden agenda of helping you; art is subversive like that. Art without a purpose is just noise. The subversive purpose of this book is for you to engage with what you are most afraid to face. Embrace the discomfort. Become what life is shaping you into. Oh, and enjoy the poetry!
- Paperback | 46 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 2.79mm | 117.93g
- 17 Feb 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- Illustrations, black and white
About Daniel Bates
DANIEL BATES, LMHC is a licensed counselor. He graduated from Western Seminary with two Master degrees in counseling and ministry/theology. When he's not seeing clients he works at Multnomah University as an adjunct professor, he blogs, and writes poetry. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two daughters. Daniel has co-authored a self-help book for parents called "When Parenting Backfires."