Beamish Boy by Albert Desilver
(I am not my story): A Memoir of Recovery and Awakening

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“. . .A beautifully written memoir. . .poignant and inspirational, comical and terrifying!”
—Kirkus

“. . .a fascinating, poetic memoir. . .”
—ForeWord Reviews

"Albert Flynn DeSilver’s extraordinary story of second chances is about cultivating a creative life of joy and generosity out of the ashes of fear, doubt, and trauma.”
—Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author, Love for No Reason and Happy for No Reason

“I was raised in a clock tower with bats in the belfry.” So begins, Beamish Boy, the harrowing account of Albert Flynn DeSilver’s inspirational journey from suicidal alcoholic to Poet Laureate and beyond. Though growing up in material privilege in suburban Connecticut in the 1970’s and 80’s, Albert finds himself whirling through an emotional wasteland void of love, complicated by his mostly absent alcoholic mother, while being raised by a violent Swiss-German governess. A dramatic downgrade in lifestyle right at adolescence inspires a hasty attraction to alcohol, drugs, and a series of increasingly shocking adventures.

Filled with a luminous cast of characters, and told with searing honesty and ironic wit, Beamish Boy is a redemptive story of survival and letting go, as we follow Albert from one zany adventure and near-death experience to the next. He is run over by his best friend after blacking out in a driveway, contracts malaria in east Africa, and joins a psychedelic “therapy” cult, until he miraculously finds himself, through photography, poetry, and a hilarious awakening at a meditation retreat center, realizing finally, what it means to be fully alive and to truly love.

Beamish Boy charts a compelling spiritual journey, from violence and self-annihilation to creativity and self-realization. Not your typical addiction memoir, Beamish Boy reads more like a witty and poetic novel, offering a profound window into the human condition, complete with its tragedies and ecstasies—illuminating one man’s quest for lasting wisdom.
 

About Albert Desilver

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ALBERT FLYNN DESILVER has recently begun his tenure as MarinALBERT FLYNN DESILVER has recently begun his tenure as Marin County's very first poet laureate. He is the author, most r County's very first poet laureate. He is the author, most recently of Letters to Early Street (La Alameda Press, 2007),ecently of Letters to Early Street (La Alameda Press, 2007), and Walking Tooth & Cloud (French Connection Press, 2007). and Walking Tooth & Cloud (French Connection Press, 2007). Albert has published more than one hundred poems in literaryAlbert has published more than one hundred poems in literary journals worldwide including Zyzzyva, New American Writing, journals worldwide including Zyzzyva, New American Writing, Jubilat, Jacket (Australia), Poetry Kanto (Japan), Van Gogh Jubilat, Jacket (Australia), Poetry Kanto (Japan), Van Gogh's Ear (France), Hanging Loose, Exquisite Corpse, and many o's Ear (France), Hanging Loose, Exquisite Corpse, and many others. Some of his letters in correspondence with the poet Pthers. Some of his letters in correspondence with the poet Paul Hoover will be featured in the new book Letters to Poetsaul Hoover will be featured in the new book Letters to Poets: Conversations about Poetics, Politics, and Community (Satu: Conversations about Poetics, Politics, and Community (Saturnalia Books, 2008). rnalia Books, 2008).
 
Published June 14, 2012 by The Owl Press. 222 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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