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I started writing poetry simply as a form of therapy. Lately, however, I've grown to see it may be an inspiration to others as well.
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My name is Zachary Burlingame. I'm 25 years old and I struggle daily with anxiety. Since high school I have been writing poetry off an on. In the past few years it's become a regular part of my life and has been incredibly therapeutic for me. Originally these poems were seen by no one but myself, however as I slowly found pride in them I began showing them to a few close friends. Now I am ready to share them with the world. My goal is simply to do what some of my favorite poets have done for me, make just one person realize that while the world may be a fucked up place we're all in this together and that sometimes the best thing you can do is laugh at all the tragedy around us.

It's time those of us with anxiety and other forms of mental illness stop holding back and live! This is about taking your mental illness and embracing it!

My goal is to create my first chap book. It will be composed of poems mostly about my daily struggles with anxiety and depression. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry, but in the end I hope everyone who reads it will realize they're not alone and that we're all in this together.

Here is one of my poems:


and in all this chaos and filth

this pain and depression

the squalor i call my life

i have an angel

and with her wings

of beauty and grace

she lifts me

above it all

but i fear my grasp

may be too tight

and that one day

i'll find myself

pulling out handfuls

of feathers

and on that day

we both will fall

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I currently have poems selected and ready for this project. Thus, as I am self publishing the chapbook their is no real risk.

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    A copy of one of my poems, typewritten just for you. If you're familiar with my work you can pick a poem or I can pick a random one for you.

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    For a donation of $12 you will recieved one copy of the completed chapbook, signed by me.

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    For a donation of $20 you will recieve one copy of the chapbook, signed by me, as well as one copy of my poem The American Dream and one copy of my poem Suicide Bombers. Every copy is typewritten by me, no two are alike.

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    For a donation of $25 you will recieve one copy of the completed chapbook signed by me, a typewritten copy of my poem The American Dream, as well as a one-of-kind poem. The poem will by typewritten by me and will be the only copy of that particular poem every made. So everyone who donates $25 or more will have a poem that will never be reproduced in anyway.

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