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Paul Guest was a normal 12 year old fascinated with the old firecrackers his grandfather kept in a jar He'd break them up and set fire to the rupture creating showers of sparks The day after he graduated from grade school he borrowed a bicycle lost control and flipped it Lying on the ground unable to feel his body below his neck what he thought was blood running from his nose was in fact spinal fluidGuest would never again have the use of his arms or legs Even so h. This memoir is about how Paul Guest became a uadriplegic at the age of 12 and how he has lived his life since then It was a bike accident and then someone despite his protests picked him up which might have done further damage although he ll never know He writes almost dispassionately about the humilitations the phantom pains the difficult adjustments he had to make How to go to school and learn with the help of an aide How to make friends again how to handle it when people treated him like he was going to break It s evident that he keeps emotion at bay because he doesn t want pity but of course the reader feels badly for him He writes of his parents and their loving care and he writes of the difficult emotions he had to cope with as he began to want a girlfriend I was glad to read that he graduated from college and found workI m very glad I read his book and I don t pity him rather I am happy that he found his own kind of happiness Fortunately he discovered writing beginning with poetry and this is his fifth book The Non-Designer's Design Book (4th Edition) rupture creating showers of sparks The day after he graduated from grade school he borrowed a bicycle lost control and flipped it Lying on the ground unable to feel his body below his neck what he thought was blood Homewrecker running from his nose was in fact spinal fluidGuest would never again have the use of his arms or legs Even so h. This memoir is about how Paul Guest became a uadriplegic at the age of 12 and how he has lived his life since then It was a bike accident and then someone despite his protests picked him up which might have done further damage although he ll never know He writes almost dispassionately about the humilitations the phantom pains the difficult adjustments he had to make How to go to school and learn with the help of an aide How to make friends again how to handle it when people treated him like he was going to break It s evident that he keeps emotion at bay because he doesn t want pity but of course the Make your own model forts & castles reader feels badly for him He writes of his parents and their loving care and he writes of the difficult emotions he had to cope with as he began to want a girlfriend I was glad to Tremors of Fury (The Days of Ash and Fury read that he graduated from college and found workI m very glad I How Julian and Nigel Turned Each Other Gay (Inadvertently), or So They Both Claim read his book and I don t pity him The Mage (Foxcraft, Book 3) rather I am happy that he found his own kind of happiness Fortunately he discovered writing beginning with poetry and this is his fifth book

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Implest daily tasks reuire help Yet every agony is met with hope each humiliation with dignity moments of despair banished by an extraordinary capacity for gratitude If you've never laughed and cried at the same time Guest's book will change that His language is pure poetry and his simple amazing grace redefines that world weary word heroIn these lyrical searing pages Guest manages to break our hearts and put them back together again Ann Hood author of The Red Thre. This gripping memoir is an homage to resiliency strength and courage It is written by Paul Guest now 27 who had a cataclysmic accident when he was 12 years old While riding his teacher s old 10 speed bicycle which had no brakes he crashed and broke his neck Since that day he has been confined to a wheelchair virtually a uadriplegicPaul is a poet and this book is written in a straight forward no nonsense manner The memoirs s themes are tough and some of the book is painfully difficult to read However he is at no time maudlin and the poetics of his words cry out from the page This is a man who knows his vocation who was born to write The first poem I ever wrote came to me like an accident of the mind A blip noise that had no apparrent cause Paul was thinking of nothing particularly literary watching the sky and the visible world happen outside the window when he began to hear in his head the rhythms of language the propulsive patterns of a poem and though he had no idea why it was suddenly imperative that he write it down There was no doubt none that I had stumbled on to something essential about himself who he was and who he might become and all around him the future seemed to crackle like a storm This is what I am supposed to do he thought After that moment he never doubted itPaul s journey to self discovery begins when he is twelve years old He is graduating from sixth grade and is invited over to his favorite teacher s house She gives him a reading test which he is able to ace from beginning to end He is in the gifted program and is obviously verbally gifted well beyond his years His teacher loans him a very old bicycle so old that it is covered with cobwebs Paul knows the brakes don t work but figures he can steer the bicycle to safety when the time comes However when the time comes Paul lands in a drainage ditch with the third and fourth vertebrae of of his neck broken The treatment he received at the time of the accident was not state of the art and may even have made his situation worseHe spends months in an Atlanta rehabilitation facility undergoing extensive and painful therapies and surgeries He is able to remain in rehab until he reaches the point where they feel that he will no longer make any improvement This comes sooner that Paul would like He is released to his home where his wheel chair is too narrow to fit into the bathroom and he has to be carried by his mother His pride is in shambles He likes naked a lot of times for washings examinations changing of urine bags etc Though his family is tender with him Paul feels remote and other In the rehab center he felt like one of the others as though he fit in Disability isn t so much about the loss of control as it is about the transferal of it From yourself to someone else to loved ones strangers To devicesPaul begins to regain some sensation in his body most at chest level or above These sensations don t improve his movement or control over his body However some of these sensations are very painful and he also suffers from very painful leg spasms especially at night He talks candidly about his fears You enter this place And you wait For your body for your nervous system for the manifold nerves which comprise it to do something to do anything for your faithless skin to pebble with gooseflesh in a draft of cold air for one muscle out of the six hundred gone slack to convulse back to life for the most desperate fears within you to recede And whatever it is you fear and all of it is elemental whether you ll walk again or dress yourself or eat without help make love all these fears are not assuaged by your time here Those fears are systematically stokedPaul thinks a lot about who he is now and who he once was Luck beyond luck gilded me If I couldn t lift my arms I could breathe I could see I could move of my body than any diagnosis could have ever sanely promised Great grief filled me up I seemed to breathe it but what freed me was this if my arms never worked again never dressed myself if I depended on others to do these things for the rest of my life I no longer had to be or even could be who I once was What I once was I was broken And new It is this sense of newness that propels Paul Despite pain isolation and loneliness he finishes high school then college and manages to get a Master of Fine Arts in poetry Using a mouthpiece to type we writes out his beautiful mesmerizing poems one at a time We take for granted that if we want to write about something in the middle of the night we can reach for our pencils pens pad or computers and go at it This isn t the case for Paul He can t reach for pen and paper computer or any aids for his writing He must wait for morning and because of this he has lost many poemsHe is blessed with a supportive family who help him individuate and reach his potential They offer kind support without enabling Paul is pushed like a baby bird out of the nest and he learns to fly He flies to all kinds of adventures some of which we share with him smiling and others that reuire kleenex When he has his first book of poetry published when he makes his closest friends when he is able to be intimate with the woman he loves we cheer for him When he s mugged in an elevator while he is helpless to do anything to fight back we are angry at his perpetrator and sad beyond measure at Paul s plight We share his feelings of harassment at his job in Tuscaloosa and wish we could give his supervisor a piece of our minds When his day caretaker brings his Romanian father in to try an old world remedy for Paul s twisted ankle we hold our breaths because it reuires setting fire to Paul s skin Oh my GodPaul talks elouently about the first poem he ever wrote and his rush home to write it Along the way he worries whether the automatic doors to his apartment will work whether the elevator is broken down are the chair lifts in the buses functional All those things that able bodied people take for granted can create huge and sometimes insurmountable challenges for PaulPaul has an ebullient curiosity about the world an energy to explore his surroundings and the spirit of a poet His resilience is a lesson to us all He perseveres and he creates beauty and loveliness from his world He is a person of sensitivity and empathy watching others for signs into their souls This book is not meant to be an inspirational book or a religious book It is a book about a man who despite great odds goes on to make a uality life for himself drawn from the creative spirit within him that calls out to him for expression Paul Guest must be an amazing man He certainly is a wonderful writer Trails & Tales of Yosemite & the Central Sierra reuire help Yet every agony is met with hope each humiliation with dignity moments of despair banished by an extraordinary capacity for gratitude If you've never laughed and cried at the same time Guest's book will change that His language is pure poetry and his simple amazing grace Chinas Son redefines that world weary word heroIn these lyrical searing pages Guest manages to break our hearts and put them back together again Ann Hood author of The Red Thre. This gripping memoir is an homage to Welcome to the Desert of the Real resiliency strength and courage It is written by Paul Guest now 27 who had a cataclysmic accident when he was 12 years old While Dead End Bluff riding his teacher s old 10 speed bicycle which had no brakes he crashed and broke his neck Since that day he has been confined to a wheelchair virtually a uadriplegicPaul is a poet and this book is written in a straight forward no nonsense manner The memoirs s themes are tough and some of the book is painfully difficult to King Noah Blindness and the Vision of Seers read However he is at no time maudlin and the poetics of his words cry out from the page This is a man who knows his vocation who was born to write The first poem I ever wrote came to me like an accident of the mind A blip noise that had no apparrent cause Paul was thinking of nothing particularly literary watching the sky and the visible world happen outside the window when he began to hear in his head the Princess to Pleasure Slave Chronicles (Book Three): Lusty Prey of the Huntress (English Edition) rhythms of language the propulsive patterns of a poem and though he had no idea why it was suddenly imperative that he write it down There was no doubt none that I had stumbled on to something essential about himself who he was and who he might become and all around him the future seemed to crackle like a storm This is what I am supposed to do he thought After that moment he never doubted itPaul s journey to self discovery begins when he is twelve years old He is graduating from sixth grade and is invited over to his favorite teacher s house She gives him a Factory of Death reading test which he is able to ace from beginning to end He is in the gifted program and is obviously verbally gifted well beyond his years His teacher loans him a very old bicycle so old that it is covered with cobwebs Paul knows the brakes don t work but figures he can steer the bicycle to safety when the time comes However when the time comes Paul lands in a drainage ditch with the third and fourth vertebrae of of his neck broken The treatment he Thirteen Plus One (The Winnie Years, received at the time of the accident was not state of the art and may even have made his situation worseHe spends months in an Atlanta Rapid Math Without A Calculator rehabilitation facility undergoing extensive and painful therapies and surgeries He is able to Almost Late for School remain in Seduced by My Doms (The Doms of Genesis, rehab until he The Certainty of Violet and Luke (Volume 5) reaches the point where they feel that he will no longer make any improvement This comes sooner that Paul would like He is Kane Richards Must Die released to his home where his wheel chair is too narrow to fit into the bathroom and he has to be carried by his mother His pride is in shambles He likes naked a lot of times for washings examinations changing of urine bags etc Though his family is tender with him Paul feels Astaroth et Bernadette remote and other In the M-am săturat să fiu prost rehab center he felt like one of the others as though he fit in Disability isn t so much about the loss of control as it is about the transferal of it From yourself to someone else to loved ones strangers To devicesPaul begins to Love in the Light (Hearts in Darkness, regain some sensation in his body most at chest level or above These sensations don t improve his movement or control over his body However some of these sensations are very painful and he also suffers from very painful leg spasms especially at night He talks candidly about his fears You enter this place And you wait For your body for your nervous system for the manifold nerves which comprise it to do something to do anything for your faithless skin to pebble with gooseflesh in a draft of cold air for one muscle out of the six hundred gone slack to convulse back to life for the most desperate fears within you to The Art of DOOM: Eternal recede And whatever it is you fear and all of it is elemental whether you ll walk again or dress yourself or eat without help make love all these fears are not assuaged by your time here Those fears are systematically stokedPaul thinks a lot about who he is now and who he once was Luck beyond luck gilded me If I couldn t lift my arms I could breathe I could see I could move of my body than any diagnosis could have ever sanely promised Great grief filled me up I seemed to breathe it but what freed me was this if my arms never worked again never dressed myself if I depended on others to do these things for the The Protestant Temperament rest of my life I no longer had to be or even could be who I once was What I once was I was broken And new It is this sense of newness that propels Paul Despite pain isolation and loneliness he finishes high school then college and manages to get a Master of Fine Arts in poetry Using a mouthpiece to type we writes out his beautiful mesmerizing poems one at a time We take for granted that if we want to write about something in the middle of the night we can Some Kind of Wonderful reach for our pencils pens pad or computers and go at it This isn t the case for Paul He can t Cabin 28 reach for pen and paper computer or any aids for his writing He must wait for morning and because of this he has lost many poemsHe is blessed with a supportive family who help him individuate and Life Reset: EvP (Environment vs. Player): New Era Online Series, Book 2 reach his potential They offer kind support without enabling Paul is pushed like a baby bird out of the nest and he learns to fly He flies to all kinds of adventures some of which we share with him smiling and others that সোনালী দিন যায় reuire kleenex When he has his first book of poetry published when he makes his closest friends when he is able to be intimate with the woman he loves we cheer for him When he s mugged in an elevator while he is helpless to do anything to fight back we are angry at his perpetrator and sad beyond measure at Paul s plight We share his feelings of harassment at his job in Tuscaloosa and wish we could give his supervisor a piece of our minds When his day caretaker brings his Romanian father in to try an old world Native Son remedy for Paul s twisted ankle we hold our breaths because it Vampir Broken Heart (Broken Heart, reuires setting fire to Paul s skin Oh my GodPaul talks elouently about the first poem he ever wrote and his C++ Primer Plus rush home to write it Along the way he worries whether the automatic doors to his apartment will work whether the elevator is broken down are the chair lifts in the buses functional All those things that able bodied people take for granted can create huge and sometimes insurmountable challenges for PaulPaul has an ebullient curiosity about the world an energy to explore his surroundings and the spirit of a poet His Murder In Elysium resilience is a lesson to us all He perseveres and he creates beauty and loveliness from his world He is a person of sensitivity and empathy watching others for signs into their souls This book is not meant to be an inspirational book or a Snips, Snails, and Dragon Tales (The Order of the Stick, religious book It is a book about a man who despite great odds goes on to make a uality life for himself drawn from the creative spirit within him that calls out to him for expression Paul Guest must be an amazing man He certainly is a wonderful writer

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E says he was lucky If I couldn't lift my arms I could breathe I could feel I no longer had to be or even could be who I once was What I once was I was broken And new One More Theory About Happiness is among the rarest of books humbling heartbreaking and suffused with joy Guest must learn to navigate the rest of his life in a wheelchair An immobilizing halo is screwed into his skull There are diapers and suctions; basic bodily functions are no longer private; the s. I ve just finished reading One More Theory About Happiness by Paul Guest a book I won through the Goodreads First Reads It s a coming of age story his journey from 12 to adulthood after becoming paralyzed He shares his experiences of being totally reliant on others as he gains independence and understanding of selfbody The memoir elicits many emotions but it is not pitying of Guest He was able to share his experiences while shedding light on what his parents siblings and friends were experiencing as well It s not a memoir of dysfunction but one of inspiration A uick and moving read

  • Hardcover
  • 208
  • One More Theory About Happiness
  • Paul Guest
  • English
  • 22 May 2018
  • 9780061685170

About the Author: Paul Guest

Paul Guest's first book The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World won the 2002 New Issues Prize in Poetry and his second book Notes for My Body Double won the 2006 Prairie Schooner Book Prize In 2010 Ecco will publish his memoir One More Theory About Happiness The recipient of a 2007 Whiting Award he is a visiting professor of English at the University of West Georgia



10 thoughts on “One More Theory About Happiness

  1. says:

    I won this book on Goodreads First reads Paul takes us into his life from when he was 12 yrs old and had a bicycle accident which left him paralyzed This book tells of great courage to go on and overcome the challenges that we face when something tragic happens Paul has had than his fair share of obsticles to overcome I w

  2. says:

    Even though I have never read any of the his poetry as I read One More Theory About Happiness author Paul Guest's CV as a poet came shining through every word I felt like I was reading a long autobiographical prose poem rather than a short memoir When he is 12 years old Guest borrows a broken down bike at a teacher's house and accidentally crashes it into a ditch breaking both arms and fracturing his vertebrae This book shares t

  3. says:

    This memoir is about how Paul Guest became a uadriplegic at the age of 12 and how he has lived his life since then It was a bike accident and then someone despite his protests picked him up which might have done further damage although he'll

  4. says:

    I wish I'd liked this better I love this guy's poetry and I like everything I know about him from his blog and other articles so I wa

  5. says:

    I've just finished reading One More Theory About Happiness by Paul Guest a book I won through the Goodreads First Reads It's a coming of age story his journey from 12 to adulthood after becoming paralyzed He sha

  6. says:

    Working as a therapist I see what transpires with people after an injury or an illness I feel that everyone has a right to

  7. says:

    This gripping memoir is an homage to resiliency strength and courage It is written by Paul Guest now 27 who had a cataclysmic accident when he was 12 years old While riding his teacher's old 10 speed bicycle which had no brakes he crashed and broke his neck Since that day he has been confined to a wheelchair virtually a uadriplegicPaul is a poet and this book is written in a straight forward no nonsense manner The memoirs's themes

  8. says:

    easy read short book was just an ok read

  9. says:

    I liked the book but have since listened to his poetry online and I like that so much better

  10. says:

    A remarkable memoir about the permanence of accidents and what powers life after tragedy occurs A true tale told by a poet Worth your time

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