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An autobiographical poetry and art book, heartaches' poems are as universal as they are personal. The poems are conceived as flashpoints of heartaches that reflect painful moments in the author’s life.

Growing up gay, biracial (half-white and half-black), liberal and agnostic in small-town Texas imbued Donovan Lord’s life with a mountain full of heartaches. Told through poetry, heartaches revisits many painful moments in the life of the author from heartbreak, to suicide, and from racism to homophobia, heartaches reflects the various means of pain that the author has endured over a 25 year period.

heartaches also features Donovan Lord’s artwork and photography in conjunction with each poem to elevate and complement the emotional experience of the book.

An introspective, innovative debut, heartaches reminds us of the transformative power of emotional pain and the indomitable human spirit.

This book is one for anyone who can relate to, at once, the unique and ubiquitous nature of the issues that heartaches addresses. Readers will finish this book not only knowing the journey of the author’s life but with a better understanding of themselves and by promoting the healing of heartache of one’s own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578478630
Publisher: 8square Press
Publication date: 04/23/2019
Pages: 116
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Donovan Lord is an author, poet, master of architecture, interior designer, artist, and college professor. He's a true Renaissance Man. He resides in Dallas, Texas. Learn more at donovanlord.net.

Table of Contents

introduction 10

childhood 12

reception 15

the southern way 17

bully 18

mr. toney 20

nostalgia 23

closets 24

family 26

soft 29

mama 31

mama hitt 33

monty 35

bitch 36

family ties 39

racism 40

what are you 43

all the world 45

trojan horse 46

the other side 48

heartbreak 50

first time 53

lovesick 55

possessed 57

broken 59

ghosts 61

silence 63

solitude 65

echoes 67

severed 68

i’m here 71

heartaches 72

disillusionment 74

nice guy 77

deeply 79

misunderstood 81

once upon a time 83

feel me 85

who’s to blame? 87

waiting 89

bars 91

i remain 93

the devil i know 95

charades 97

blood from a stone 99

trapped 101

darkness 102

air 104

bitter pill 107

flame 109

epilogue 110

saved 112

emancipation 115

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