Life did not compromise with Walter Bevan and Dead Leaves and Other Flowers is, in turn, an uncompromising account of his tormented later years. He deals, in these poems, with severe depression, sexual addiction, divorce, paranoia, wounding relationships, the darkness and light of creativity, unrequited passion, alcoholism, hospitalization, poetic frustration, incapacity from medication, and the spiritual underpinning of human life. The poems are courageous, honest, informed, witty, imaginative, challenging, and gutsy in their search for meaning. Dead Leaves and Other Flowers is a very brave and unforgettable book.
Walter Bevan took his own life on February 14, 2001, the evening he was scheduled to give a reading of his poetry. He was 36. He had been published in several periodicals and was preparing this collection as his first book.
6" x 9”, 64p