The Owl Press releases Beamish Boy, a new memoir by Poet Laureate, Author, and Writing Coach, Albert Flynn DeSilver.
do young people go down the wrong road for no apparent reason?
Tragedies like the recent Aurora shooting cause us to question what they
need––from themselves and society––to turn their lives around. Albert
Flynn DeSilver's redemptive memoir of survival might not have all the
answers, but it poignantly tracks one young man's journey from
addiction, violence, and self-annihilation to creativity, inner peace,
in "a clock tower with bats in the belfry," DeSilver grew up in
material privilege in suburban Connecticut in the 1970s and '80s. Raised
by a German Swiss governess, his desperate longing to exist in his
parents' eyes––an alcoholic mother and emotionally unavailable
father––caused him to "fall in love with the sound of shattering glass."
a series of increasingly dangerous adventures and ecstasies––including
getting run over by his best friend after passing out in a driveway,
plunging into obsessive relationships, contracting malaria in east
Africa, and joining a psychedelic therapy cult––he miraculously finds
himself, through photography, poetry, and writing, in a hilarious moment
of awakening where he is offered a glimpse of the human condition, and
what it means to be fully alive and to truly love.
"..a beautifully written memoir. . .poignant and inspirational, comical and terrifying." ––Kirkus Reviews
"...a fascinating, poetic memoir..." ––ForeWord Reviews
with epiphanies...backsliding, clarity and bewilderment...DeSilver’s
seesawing journey will keep readers committed to his story until he
learns to "beam" without self-destructing and finds peace and stability
in a loving relationship and meditation." ––Publishers Weekly
ABOUT THE AUTHOR . . .
Flynn DeSilver is an internationally published poet, author, teacher,
speaker, and writing coach. His work has appeared in more than 100
literary journals worldwide including ZYZZYVA, New American Writing, Jacket (Australia), Poetry Kanto (Japan), Van Gogh’s Ear
(France), and many others. He has read and performed with many of
America’s literary legends including Maxine Hong Kingston, Michael
McCluer, Anne Waldman, Quincy Troupe, Kay Ryan, and many others. He
teaches writing and meditation workshops–from the University of
California-Davis to AWP in New York City to the British Institute in
Paris. For more about the author, please visit his website at