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Fighting With Myself is a specifically curated book containing poems written by the author over the span of more than a decade. The poems are about love and loss, and all things that come with those experiences. Each poem is complimented by a synopsis explaining the story behind its words. There are 26 poems contained within, as well as a few photos taken by the author her Fighting With Myself is a specifically curated book containing poems written by the author over the span of more than a decade. The poems are about love and loss, and all things that come with those experiences. Each poem is complimented by a synopsis explaining the story behind its words. There are 26 poems contained within, as well as a few photos taken by the author herself (including a selfie). The hope is that this book of words will help other people that have suffered loss or deal with anxiety and depression. That it will help them see that they are not alone and that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.


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Fighting With Myself is a specifically curated book containing poems written by the author over the span of more than a decade. The poems are about love and loss, and all things that come with those experiences. Each poem is complimented by a synopsis explaining the story behind its words. There are 26 poems contained within, as well as a few photos taken by the author her Fighting With Myself is a specifically curated book containing poems written by the author over the span of more than a decade. The poems are about love and loss, and all things that come with those experiences. Each poem is complimented by a synopsis explaining the story behind its words. There are 26 poems contained within, as well as a few photos taken by the author herself (including a selfie). The hope is that this book of words will help other people that have suffered loss or deal with anxiety and depression. That it will help them see that they are not alone and that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

32 review for Fighting With Myself: The Healing Power Of Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Yvette

    All poetry speaks to someone, somewhere. Yvonne Glasgow's poetry is readily accessible to anyone who has ever felt heartache or betrayal. Glasgow owns her identity, her poetic voice. The accompanying notes are valuable and refreshing. If Yvonne continues to express her art/self/pain through such beautiful therapy, her future evolution will prove remarkable. All poetry speaks to someone, somewhere. Yvonne Glasgow's poetry is readily accessible to anyone who has ever felt heartache or betrayal. Glasgow owns her identity, her poetic voice. The accompanying notes are valuable and refreshing. If Yvonne continues to express her art/self/pain through such beautiful therapy, her future evolution will prove remarkable.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    "Through the ebb and tide, we row" is a line from the poem "Longing For Those Words", one of the 26 poems contained within Yvonne Glasgow's collection, Fighting With Myself: The Healing Power of Poetry. While this line speaks to a specific situation, it echoes a theme that runs through the entire book. In the Preface, Glasgow hits on the notion that she seems to write her best works when there is turmoil going on. Indeed, the poetry contained within this book is the product of tumult. The very fi "Through the ebb and tide, we row" is a line from the poem "Longing For Those Words", one of the 26 poems contained within Yvonne Glasgow's collection, Fighting With Myself: The Healing Power of Poetry. While this line speaks to a specific situation, it echoes a theme that runs through the entire book. In the Preface, Glasgow hits on the notion that she seems to write her best works when there is turmoil going on. Indeed, the poetry contained within this book is the product of tumult. The very first poem, "Son of Abyss", is all about realizing that someone else is a toxic person and that this person might not know how truly destructive they are. The theme continues and is interlaced with the presence of depression and anxiety, which seem to wax and wane for the poet as she pursues her recovery journey after ending a particularly negative marriage. These toxic relationships can leave their marks, and Glasgow doesn't shy away from showing us how they have impacted her. Anyone who has dealt with a narcissist, sociopath, or any other Cluster B personality will empathize with many of these poems. The best way to deal with these people, as Glasgow seems to indicate, is to "Save yourself." And that's what she is doing through her poetry. Glasgow is forming her new identity through her work. This is evident in poems like "Visions Of Who I Am", which has Glasgow seeing herself through others' perspectives and realizing that it is her perspective that matters most. The book ends with the powerful and heart-wrenching "June Six Twenty-Fourteen." This particular poem serves as an appropriate conclusion because it represents the roots of the major themes found throughout the collection. Our parents are supposed to be our champions, our safety nets, and our guides, but not every parent is willing or able to be these things for their children. Glasgow candidly details her response to her mother's death and how it haunts her several years after the fact. The poem's final stanza brings everything full circle: So, who are these poems for? Everyone. These aren't your lofty run-of-the-mill poems from a poet trying to be someone they're not. Fighting With Myself is a collection of accessible and emotionally-powered poems that reflect the author's journey to overcome trauma and difficult relationships and establish a healthier relationship with herself.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chani Perret

    The poetry in this book is well written and will bring you to tears. I'm not sure I like the reasoning's that are after each poem. I feel like poetry brings you in on your experiences and as much as I appreciate the author's experiences, I felt like it took me out of the reason I read poetry. The poetry in this book is well written and will bring you to tears. I'm not sure I like the reasoning's that are after each poem. I feel like poetry brings you in on your experiences and as much as I appreciate the author's experiences, I felt like it took me out of the reason I read poetry.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Lieske

    This book is the thoughtful, poignant, painful, and, ultimately, purifying journey of one woman's struggle to find love and peace among the emotional and psychological debris of her life. What really worked for me was how the poems were ordered. It truly feels like one long, epic poem, a journey from torment to love. You can feel Glasgow's heart and would in every stanza, every line. Anyone who's ever suffered heartbreak, or found themselves trapped in a toxic relationship, will see their reflec This book is the thoughtful, poignant, painful, and, ultimately, purifying journey of one woman's struggle to find love and peace among the emotional and psychological debris of her life. What really worked for me was how the poems were ordered. It truly feels like one long, epic poem, a journey from torment to love. You can feel Glasgow's heart and would in every stanza, every line. Anyone who's ever suffered heartbreak, or found themselves trapped in a toxic relationship, will see their reflection in these pages. Anyone who's battled depression and anxiety, you'll see yourself, too. Peace—or the closest we're truly capable of getting to it in this life—eventually enters Glasgow's life, when she finally, after many years of drowning in despair, discovers true love. For any of us who have had a similar journey, we feel our hearts swell with her's. For anyone who hasn't found it yet, these poems fill you with hope that you will, as long as you never surrender to the despair. The last few poems are older poems Glasgow reworked for this newer collection, and while they do take us back to the times of despair in her life, to me they felt more like a reflection—the kind of reflection one can only truly appreciate once they've survived the flames. You look back at the roots of your pain with fresh eyes, and put it in perspective; you contextualize it and see how it had to happen that way, that that pain was a necessary catalyst to bring you to where you are today. Looking at the older poems in the light of her newfound happiness, it feels as though Glasgow can see them now in a new light. And I think that serves as a nice reminder to all of us, to let go of our past, but never forget it. You can only make peace with the pain of your past if you are willing to look at it again and see it for what it is, and how made you into the person you are now. An inspired and courageous collection.

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