have i told you about my superpowers

a book of resilient verse

Whether “manic sailing with planets” or using “the rust of mars” to describe anger, emerging poet Luther Kissam V draws on the celestial and terrestrial to explore mental health. These elements push and pull Kissam’s poems through chaos and calm, through meditations and medications, and ultimately, to a maintained balance. For Kissam, bipolar is a gift from the moon, a gravitational force that fuels exploration of space: mental, physical and spiritual. The selected poems in Superpowers are deeply personal, revealing the tumult and tranquility teetering in us all, especially in those whose experience of beauty, joy, and pain is physical, sometimes tragic, and often supernatural. His confessions of failure, triumph, and resiliency will resonate with those affected by, diagnosed with, or curious about bipolar disorder.

Reviews & Praise

“Is the body cured by poetry, mood stabilizers, therapy, faith? No. But is the body made better by it? Yes, Kissam, argues from ‘this treatment center of hope.’ Yes.”

Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum, Author of Ghost Gear

“ – a tumultuous wave of manic highs and depressed lows … a message of hope to those who suffer.”

Dr. Kevin Marra, M.D., Psychiatrist and Director of Medical Services, Hopeway Foundation