Lawrence J. W. Cooper is the poet laureate of the Comox Valley. He has published five books of poetry. He believes in what he calls Poetry with Purpose. His first two poetic novels were about the struggles of a bisexual man and the trauma of going through clinical depression. In addition he has published two books of inspirational poetry about becoming grounded and centered in spiritual living. His latest book, The Tourist, is a poetic novel about an aging poet struggling with his feelings about being a tourist in Los Cabos, Mexico, where he questions the meaning and purpose of his work and his life. He is a retired educational psychologist and counsellor. He has published a book on borderline personality disorder and two workbook style teaching booklets on combining spiritual practices with sound psychological self-help strategies. After some personal struggles he is now living a life that he truly loves to live with his dear wife Dorothea on Baynes Sound in beautiful Fanny Bay where the sea meets the mountains and the mountains meet the sky.
The Tourist (Poetry
The Room – This is a poetic novel about a psychologist who has a mental breakdown and suddenly finds himself on the other side of clinical therapy He shares his thoughts and feelings. This collection of prose and poetry is designes to take you through the struggles with depression to the other side to a new and more honest life. It is the author’s hope that people who are going through depression or have a love one facing this sickness of the mind can come to a better understanding of the internal struggle with life and that this depression may lead to a better and more comple life
Bi – Kirkus Review: Cooper pours his heart onto the page in this debut, which is unequal parts autobiography, poetry, and self-help aimed at those who have struggled or are struggling with questions of sexuality, love, and belonging… The spare prose effectively limns Cooper’s difficult past; a childhood lived without affection is somehow made more heart-rending when starkly portrayed…. A thoughtful retrospective offering an unusual look at bisexuality from a poetic and historic angle.