Thanks to Dan for pointing out that Mike Barnes has started a blog. It's already looking like it'll be well worth following. I read Barnes' memoir, The Lily Pond, over the holidays. It's an absolutely brilliant, and extremely moving, account of his life-long battle with Bipolar Affective Disorder. His poetry collection, A Thaw Foretold, is also well worth tracking down (it's also interesting companion reading to The Lily Pond--altho I read ATF first). Barnes is a sorely and unjustly neglected writer. One of the saddest things in TLP is when he says that his six previous books have sold a combined 900 copies. Please help do something to correct this.