A collection of poems carefully picked to describe my teenage years while suffering from Bipolar II Disorder.
When I first made this booklet, I initially had a more pessimistic theme in mind. I had wanted it to be the anti-thesis of the "Love Conquers All" idea that had gotten popular in the mainstream.
But as I got older, I realized that it described the vicious cycle that I was stuck in. I noticed this pattern while I curated my poems for my booklet--my strongest poems were often written at my best or at my worst.
But it's never one or the other, it's a slow transition. Like I said, a cycle.
The poems in this booklet were a manifestation of my symptoms. It's not perfect, and it's a whirlwind of emotions but I hope you grow to appreciate the vulnerability like I did.
(tw: depression, suicide ideation, and self-harm)
Author's Note: Try using Lithium instead of MoonReader for the .epub file! The layout looks better there.
Cover, Illustrations, and Layout: Bryce Villarias
You'll get both the epub and the pdf files of the booklet itself, a little over 3.5k words long.