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A Lifetime of Solitude And Obsession
By David Livingstone

ISBN: 978-1-84747-878-8
Published: 2009
Pages: 69
Key Themes: poetry, schizophrenia, love, fantasy



This contains writings from years ago and also from his present life experiences. These poems represent David’s attempt to express how he perceives the world around him- sometimes scary and threatening, sometimes engaging and interesting, sometimes fascinating, always experience as new and different, and these poems contain vivid and imaginative imagery, being a distillation of an individualistic style that borders at times on fantasy. Taking a look at these snapshots of life through David’s very different lens will change your perception of the world around you forever.

About the Author

David Livingstone was born in 1964 and after a happy childhood and performing well at school, especially in English and Physical Education, and many years as a semi-professional footballer, he suffered a psychotic breakdown, aged 25 which required detaining in hospital under section and a subsequent diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia.

After many years of rehabilitation towards recovery, he met and married his wife Kate who has borne 2 children, Tommy, now aged 10 and Bethany, aged 9. Always a keen and wide-ranging reader, David started to write experimental poetry a few years ago- the processing of creative imaginings which he finds therapeutic and deeply satisfying.

More recently he has tried to learn to play the guitar and racquet sports-badminton, squash and tennis in a local community centre, is keeping David fit, after much weight gain due to medication, and also more socially engaged. After much trial he is perhaps finally making progress, with the help of Alice Bailey’s writings, and having also embarked recently on a course studying sociology.

Book Extract


Carnal bites of forbidden fruit
Manacled to a cross of steel
Enrapturing fetters of bondage
Amid mythic Salvationist lies

Penitence psychosis/Gospel delusion
Penitence psychosis/Judas freakshow
Penitence psychosis/Censorious zealot masks

Synoptic hallucinogens breeding sleep
Crucifixion ellipsis in human heart gorge
Scandal of His cross – asphyxiation of will
Eluding freedom by denial of self

Penitence psychosis/transparent halos
Penitence psychosis/galvanising untruths
Penitence psychosis/Transgressions fixations

Furore of gnosis – my hubris/humanity’s quest
Crossing a dark, bleak hinterland
My soul’s travail – hollow at its black core

Penitence psychosis/Amphetamine narcosis despised
Penitence psychosis/Resurrection hope denied


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