Dr birds advice for sad poets summary

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dr birds advice for sad poets summary

Dr. Birds Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos

“I hate myself but I love Walt Whitman, the kook. Always positive. I need to be more positive, so I wake myself up every morning with a song of myself.”

Sixteen-year-old James Whitman has been yawping (à la Whitman) at his abusive father ever since he kicked his beloved older sister, Jorie, out of the house. James’s painful struggle with anxiety and depression—along with his ongoing quest to understand what led to his self-destructive sister’s exile—make for a heart-rending read, but his wild, exuberant Whitmanization of the world and keen sense of humor keep this emotionally charged debut novel buoyant.
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Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Dr. This story begins with a young man named James Whitman, no relation to the famous poet, waking up and announcing to the reader that he has learned to celebrate his life and everything that life brings. He tells how he greets every morning with a barbaric "yawp", He heavily invokes his namesake poet, Walt Whitman as he begins this day and explains how this approach to life is helping him overcome his anxiety attacks. James then spends a good amount of time detailing his attempts at poetry which has been prescribed by his imaginary psychiatrist, Dr. Bird, who is, in fact, a talking bird.

Thank you! Self-deprecating humor abounds in this debut novel that pulls no punches about the experience of depression and anxiety for its teen protagonist. The words of Walt Whitman provide solace for year-old James, whose mental health struggles are exacerbated by living with abusive parents and agonizing over what he could have done differently to prevent his older sister, Jorie, from being thrown out of the house. James' intense first-person narration, which includes imagined therapy sessions with a pigeon he calls Dr. Bird, both flares with frenetic silliness and sinks heavily into despair, realistically depicting his mood swings. At times contemplating suicide, he's aware of the gravity of his situation, even as his parents react with heartbreaking ambivalence: "Therapy isn't what you need


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Sign up for our newsletters! Sixteen-year-old James Whitman loves poetry, hugging trees, talking to birds and a girl who barely knows him. These things keep him going through the difficulties of high school even when they might be confusing or unstable. James struggles with much more on top of the already painful trials of high school. Throughout the course of the story, James tries to discover the cause of his sister being kicked out of the house. As he discovers the difficulties his sister endured, he learns a little more about himself and is able to see things in a much clearer light. Written with a lighthearted spirit and a message of hope to those in high school trying to get by, Roskos delivers a decent plotline and interesting allusions to his own poetry.


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