Joseph McAloon sustained a brain injury in 1975 when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car, sending Joseph through its rear window.
Here, we ask Joseph some questions about how his injury affects him, and what led him to take up poetry:
At first I suffered more physically. I was totally paralysed down my left side. Although over time I did get some movement back. As far as my brain injury is concerned. I didn't notice at first, but friends and family told my that I became very impatient, I became very isolated, and lost a lot of my communication skills.
I am not sure really. A friend wanted to write a birthday message for his mum. I wrote bits and pieces to help him out, and then thought of doing a poem. It came out well and then other people asked me to do one for them. I have written hundreds. Ranging from wedding ones, to Christmas Advent calendars.
I can often get emotional at times. I can get down, and I can be happy. Most of my poems are are a reflection on how vulnerable I have become in relation to my brain injuries.
Writing to me is often like crying without tears. I feel like everyone is my achievement. They just come out of fresh air. I lost 90% of my vocabulary, and this means that my work misses out on a lot of beautiful words. I get lots of positive feedback from social media, but I wish I could sort them out.
You are still a person that should be treated with respect. Try to understand yourself and your limitations, because by doing this you can gain confidence.
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