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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
An Addicts Poem by author Declan J Mc Laughlin is a collection of short, one-page poems focusing on a variety of dependencies, including gambling and forms of substance abuse. Each poem has a rhyming structure throughout. The tone is simple, straightforward, and easy to understand. The seventeen-poem assemblage is enlightening and helps one to see where others may be coming from who are in the throes of addiction or are in the process of trying to get back to themselves.
Author Declan J Mc Laughlin’s An Addicts Poem woke me up. I had a few favorite lines, specifically, “through distant eyes we wonder, we seek”. The feeling I get from this wraps me up and leads me right into another person’s world. As well as, “I’m crawling to my gallows”, which just punches me right in the heart with every kind of empathy a person should feel. Addiction is a slippery slope, and in my opinion, I feel that none of us are spared from it. There may be different degrees to which we engage in our addictions, or different levels of harm that we might encounter. An example being someone who exercises every day. You might think that’s not an addiction because we consider exercising to be healthy and needed. But when you take it to an extreme, you try to outdo the day before, and it can be unhealthy for your body because the body needs to rest. Take it from someone who ended up with plantar fasciitis and could barely walk for three months. Addiction affects us all, in one way or another, and that’s why I feel this book is so important for everyone to read, because it makes a difference; it’s human relating to human.