When I first tried to get sober in 2014, my life was falling apart. Even though, through out years of drinking every day, I was functional. I held a job, had a mortgage, cars, a family ... but I was coasting, and some point, I had lost the will to love and love life. At this point, I hadn't lost any of those things because of my drinking, but I was on a road where I could very well lose everything sober. I would rustle up a few months of sobriety here and there, but I was going insane. Thinking I could do it on my own pushed me to the brink of insanity. Something wasn't working for me, and so I kept going back out there. With the encouragement from my wife, and an ultimatum from my family, I sought help from people who have lived through this hell to tell their stories, including a dear Uncle. In 2015, it finally stuck, I established a sobriety date (07/29/15) but I still needed something to keep my hands busy during those key times in the evening when I used to drink the most. My wife, reminded me of all those lovely songs (I am a songwriter as well) and poems I used to write for her when we were dating. She was embarking upon a writing journey of her own, and I was intrigued. Knowing how it helped her, she stuck a typewriter in my face and said, "write, because I know you can." Just over a year later, My Sober Little Moon is born. In this collection of poetry, I chronicled the early days of sobriety during 2014 when I failed to see the light, and in 2015 when I found an answer. Each piece takes the reader through the pain the addiction caused others, how I viewed himself, my Love and the world as I learned to live life without alcohol. In those early days, and still to this day, I identified with a wounded bear, and the phases of the moon, and I wanted that to play into the images in the book. In late 2014, I took on the pen name of "The Poetry Bandit" because I felt like I was stealing back my love for language and poetry and to do something worthwhile with it. I had an English Literature BA, but had wasted all that knowledge and passion. It was time for the Poetry Bandit to make up for lost time.
Jon Lupin, The Poetry Bandit is an anonymous writer living on the West Coast of Canada. Anonymity is important to him in his recovery from alcoholism, a journey he takes very serious and shares with those closest to him. He is 37, married and father to three wonderful children. Writing has always been a passion of his and was a natural outlet for him when he struggled and eventually got sober. Through this collection of poetry, he wishes that those who struggle will find hope, and those who wish to learn more about the mind of a recovering addict will find understanding.