“Common Emotions,” A Poetry Collection

I send out into the world parts of my poetry collection, in the hope of bringing awareness to the struggles of those who, like me, must rise to the challenge of finding happiness while also bogged down with mental illness.

I hope you can relate, as the experience of being bipolar is simply  your emotional experience, cranked up.

Thank you for reading and leaving comments.

via “Common Emotions,” A Poetry Collection

First 5 Chs of Part Three of “Mental,” As Recounted in Quotes



Here they are–the carefully chosen quotes, one from each of the first five chapters of Part Three of “Mental”–I am proud to present them to you in word art form.

This section of the novel is narrated by our heroine and the previous subject of the novel, Eve, while she reflects on getting past a large, scary nervous breakdown–a breakdown which consisted of remembering her incest experiences, her disappointment in her chosen profession (teaching high school English) instead of being helped financially by her rich mother to afford to go to Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism to become a professional writer, and learning to live with a mental illness.

I hope you will understand, at least a little more completely, what our heroine feels during her nervous breakdown, since I wrote it from copious experience having my own. I hope it seems true to life, and is somehow (despite the topic) still an enjoyable and compelling read, full of lyricism and prose-poetry.


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Prologue & Chs 1-3 of “Mental”

I hope you enjoy the revealing of the beginning of this, my second novel—so far, published exclusively on https://www.MarieKJohnston.com!

Stay tuned for more chapters from Part One, the next post will be the text of Chs 4-6! Coming soon!

i hope you enjoy reading this piece and gain some insight into what it’s actually like to go through a nervous breakdown.

via Prologue & Chs 1-3 of “Mental”