Seekers and Fools: Transitional Poetry, Prose and Parable

Seekers and Fools: Transitional Poetry, Prose and Parable

by Gary Lee Redmiles

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Overview

Forty-five years an alcoholic, I was at a crossroads.  I was soon to lose my marriage, lose my career and quite possibly my freedom.  So I made a choice, I enrolled in a 90-day addiction recovery program.

After eight days in detox, I was released into the general population.  Alone in a strange land, something wonderful happened.  My mind began filling with poetry.  Nine days sober and I’m a poet?  It’s crazy!  But it didn’t stop.  I wrote, and I wrote, and I surrendered to my program.  I let my rehabilitation happen and I chronicled the entire journey.

This collection is the result.  Poems and prose that speak to every thought, emotion and concern one must face in the quest to get help.  This unusual form of journaling got me through and I truly believe it will help others in their journey.

Parents, friends and relatives of those bravely trying to find their way, will benefit.  These writings will help with the feelings one can expect to experience in recovery.  Some are funny, some are dark and cautionary but they are all real.

It is my hope that you can learn from these Writes and be inspired to create your own unique writing style.  Make your own mark.  I wish you well on this most important endeavor.  Surrender and let yourself be helped.

Gary L. Redmiles.    

 

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732207882
Publisher: escapethedin.com
Publication date: 02/02/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 124
File size: 574 KB

Table of Contents

 

Poetic Contents

  1. PUT IT BEHIND
  2. REAL CHANGE
  3. OH,MOTHER   OH,FATHER
  4. I DO THE WORK
  5. A PANTOUM OF PAIN
  6. WHAT IS FREEDOM?
  7. I GREW UP
  8. THE QUARREL WITHIN
  9. OPEN YOUR HEART (version 1)
  10. ORIENTATION BLUES
  11. ANDY WARHOL IN A CONVENT
  12. SIX QUESTIONS
  13. ADDISON AND RECTORY
  14. THE SEEKER AND THE FOOL
  15. AN OPEN LETTER TO RECOVERY NEWBIES
  16. ADDICTED/COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN
  17. ODE TO ELEANOR
  18. DAY BY DAY
  19. A WALK IN THE WOODS
  20. COURT ORDERED BLUES*
  21. THE PARABLE OF MEESHU
  22. OPEN YOUR HEART (version 2)
  23. WATER IT DOWN
  24. MEPHISTO’S OATH
  25. THE ONE WHO SAW ELEPHANTS
  26. WHEN I KISS HER NECK
  27. HANGOVER (Pindaric Ode)
  28. NOTHING IS FORGIVEN
  29. √16 QUATRAIN 4X4
  30. ODE TO A CARE PACKAGE
  31. EXCUSES, EXCUSES
  32. SH*TTY SHOES
  33. KNOWHERE TRAIN
  34. THE SAGA OF WINSTON

 

 

 

  1. RONDEAU OF REASON
  2. MARDI GRAS MASK
  3. CRUCIBLE
  4. WONDER IN THE STARS
  5. VISCIOUS VISION
  6. OH, JUDGE
  7. SPECIAL DELIVERY
  8. TELL ME
  9. TAINTED  PONY
  10. THE BLAME GAME
  11. ANALEPTIC  ALLITERATION
  12. SORRY RANT
  13. AN EVENING AT THE DERILICT
  14. HOW DO I LOSE YOU?
  15. NEVER BEFORE
  16. CALL ME REAL
  17. DREAMING DARK EYES
  18. IMAGINARY LIONS
  19. REAL LIFE
  20. I CAN STILL WATCH “ARTHUR”
  21. WHAT CAN I OFFER IN RETURN?
  22. FALLOUT
  23. 80 DAYS AND 80 NIGHTS
  24. TIME TO COME HOME
  25. BACK TO THE WORLD
  26. THE HARDEST THING
  27. WHAT IF I WENT AND DID IT?
  28. I HATE THE GRAND CANYON
  29. CARDBOARD CUTOUTS
  30. CHRISTMAS IN REHAB
  31. RELAPSE BLUES
  32. I’M STILL HERE
  33. RECKLESS JOURNEY
  34. A GREAT ESCAPE
  35. CTRL+ALT+DEL
  36. ONE YEAR

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Seekers and Fools: Transitional Poetry, Prose and Parable 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please read Seekers and Fools it is a superb collection of poetry, prose, and parable. Mr. Redmiles is one of the most tangible poets and he has a way of really placing a person inside his skin as he makes his journey through recovery. When I read this collection I felt like I was looking outward from his perspective when reading his work. It is very comforting at times. Sometimes it is disturbing especially since I am not a guy, but all in all, it is a worthwhile experience! His collection of poetry is a must read for anyone ever battling with depression, anxiety or dealing with any substance/addiction issues. It is additionally great for their family and friends. Along with helping those affected, this book has countless beautiful works that seem to capture emotions and the landscapes of feelings that are far deeper than just the ride of addiction and affliction. Seekers and Fools - is funny, raw, insightful, painful, and the best book of poetry I have ever read! I would give it my utmost praise and review. I respect the author immensely and he has provided something that has been gravely missing from poetry which is honesty and perspective from people who live in this era. Respectfully and warmly, Fonda Snyder
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A poetic journey for the "Seekers and Fools" in all of us! While the shortest distance between two lines may well be a straight line, Gary L. Redmiles reminds us that life is full of curves and winding roads--and we ought not, therefore, be "driving under the influence." This is not stuffed shirt unapproachable poetry and prose. This is thoughtful, sometimes painful, often witty, unabashedly real poetry that chronicles the author's addiction, his transformative stay in rehab and his re-entry into a life unblurred by alcohol dependence. In the book's first poem "PUT IT BEHIND,"--the author sets the tone and draws the reader in: "Here are the learned scholars--Well intentioned all--There are 98.6 degrees--In frames upon their wall..." As the famous movie line goes he "Had me at hello." I wish this book could be handed out to all who endure the pain of addiction--the addict, the family, the friends, the enablers, the professionals, the cops on the beat! There are observations and life lessons in "Seekers and Fools" not found in a Tweet or a "sound-bite." Highly recommended! Congratulations to Mr. Redmiles who may have entered rehab broken but who emerged with humble insight each of us can learn from!------Karen M. Shear, RN
WolfPoetSherry More than 1 year ago
Seekers and Fools, by Gary Redwines, is wonderful book in poetic form that details his journey through addiction and his sobriety. It is written in down-to-earth language that speaks simply and directly of his struggles, going into rehab and his recovery. Gary had never written a poem before rehab, but he wrote 500 poems while there. I met Gary on a writing venue where we both publish – I was impressed with his poetry, none of which was about addiction, but was well-written and soulful. As a long-time, much-published poet, I saw something in his work. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a substance abuse problem, or for family and friends who better want to understand the truths of the subject.