The Dark Night.
The Dark Night.
A collection of poems by Martin McGregor
First published in the UK in 2017 by MDM Publishing
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Hello. Welcome to my new collection of poetry. These poems were written during a tough transitional phase of my life, which lasted for well over three years. Some days I would be in very dark places. Some days were not so bad. These poems are mostly the results of those down days. I’m sometimes accused of only writing dark poetry, and these poems will do little to change that, but often after I have written, it feels like I have exorcised an inner demon and let it escape on to a page.
If we are already friends, then you may find that most of these poems were already shared with you on social media, and as most had great responses I decided to collate them together, in the hope that other people also suffering from depression might be able to relate to how I was feeling at the time they were written.
In the last few months, I have found myself with a new sense of purpose, and finally I seem to be on the right path. Anyone who has suffered this debilitating illness would tell you that this path is sadly never guaranteed for long though. Tomorrow I could wake up in a different frame of mind, and the hurting will start again. If depression has taught me anything, it is that when you feel up, go with it, as you never know when the next down is going to arrive, so live and be all that you can be.
Martin McGregor April 2017
Thanks as ever must go to the usual suspects, my Mum, my sons Nick, Chris, Jordan and Owen. Also to all of those people who listened to me when I felt that I just had to talk, and still keep me as a friend after my dark rants! The inspirational music of Duran Duran and to all Duranies worldwide (we are family), Joe Cross for introducing me to juicing and for changing my life, and to everyone who knows how a down period feels, who has ever felt alone and lonely, or has ever felt that they did not know where to turn. This book is for you. Thank you to Joe Bocanegra for permission to use the cover photograph of his late wife. Thank you brother.
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A collection of poems about suffering, loss and depression. A series of poems that delve into the thoughts that run through your head after a tragedy in your life, and the desperate feeling of solitude when suffering with mental health issues.