Book Reviews

Depression, Love and Other Mental Illnesses Review

By Jacob C. Woodall

Independently published


27 pages

$11.99 Paperback

ISBN: 978-1795670395

Book reviewed by Kavita Khajuria.

“You are your own work of art”

This chapbook is small in size but deep in content. In the midst of possible hallucinations, the weights of depression and insecurity reveal a sad yearning for happiness – yet one also hears adoration, and witnesses the enamor and vulnerability of being in love, including the thrill and the terror. Despite the limitations, moments of insight and encouragement compliment a strong sense of gratitude. The confessional style strikes as moving and compelling, given the self confessed alexithymia at times – the inability to express emotions. It also evokes curiosity about the poet himself – his age, illness, vocation, and lifestyle – as well as the intricacies of communication and support in the context of significant mental illness.