Van Gogh

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"Van Gogh" is a personal response to the way I've seen depression and mental illness affect many artists I look up to and how they dealt with these issues through their art. I've dealt with this for many years myself and reached a point where I didn't want to be surrounded in sadness and negativity, and wanted to remember that while it can be cathartic and helpful to write about our pain, it's important not to lose sight of all the beauty and joy in life as well, which is just as valuable subject material.


Rachel Mantos is an undergraduate student majoring in English at Old Dominion University. Her poems were presented at the 2021 Poetry Slam, Old Dominion University Libraries, April 13, 2021, and she was the 3rd Place Winner.

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