About The Author

Michael Lee began writing poetry while he was in high school in Brooklyn, NY. His new book, Not Gonna Write Poems, is his first endeavor as a poetry book author.  His book is a collection of funny, unique poems and sketches meant to be shared and enjoyed by both adults and children of all ages.  Inspired by his family's love of poetry, specifically the poetry of Shel Silverstein.  Michael wrote his book in hopes of entertaining his family- and hopefully his readers as well.  When not writing poetry, Michael works as a full time physician at an urgent care center in NYC and on Long Island, NY.  In his free time, he loves to travel, work out, and spend time with his wife, Silvia, and his young daughter, Jessica. 

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Reading poetry can be a great way to spend time with your family. Once you begin reading Not Gonna Write Poems, you won't want to put it down. So settle down in your favorite chair, and gather your family around to read my book...and get ready to laugh!

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DOCTOR AND DAUGHTER DUO COMBAT DEPRESSION WITH POETRY

Article by Dr. Michael Lee

It’s a well-known fact that in the US and worldwide, the explosion of technology and social media-- from use of cell phones to text and talk, to use of  computers to email, shop and communicate-- are vastly changing how  people, particularly the youth of society (also known as Generation Y or the Millennials) are interacting with the world around them.  It is this generation of young adults that love social networking in particular. These individuals are communicating globally and locally   through a plethora of social networking outlets, such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  

While technology has been wonderful in its speed and ability to reach a larger than ever before   audience, there are very real and potentially negative outcomes of this   reliance on an ever-increasing digital world.   

As social media and technology has become increasingly more important in our daily lives, in  the US and globally, we are also seeing a rise in rates of depression, anxiety, mood disorders and suicides.  In fact between 1999 and 2014, in   the United States alone, the rate of suicides has increased from 10.5 to 13.0 suicides per 100,000 people; this figure represents a 24% increase in suicide rates over this time period.  As young people rely  more on social media and the internet to interact with others, socially we are now beginning to see more social isolation and negative   psychological effects (i.e., cyberbullying and addictive behaviors).   

Lost in our world of  computers, cell phones and tablets, is our interpersonal interactions  with “real” persons, particularly our children.  To combat this negative  influence of technology, Dr. Michael A. Lee, an internal medicine   physician of 22 years and poet, along with his 10 year old daughter,   have come up with their own unique way to help the youth of our society.    

The duo of Dr. Lee and his  daughter have recently published a book of humorous poetry and sketches   that will certainly draw children and young adults away from their digital world for a while.  Their book, titled Not Gonna Write Poems, contains many funny, whimsical poems that will surely make people smile  and laugh.  When quizzed on why he chose to write his poetry book, Lee noted that his background as a physician was a huge inspiration—being   that laughter is  good medicine for the mind and body.

“So why did I write a book of funny poetry you ask? Well as the saying goes ‘Laughter is the best   medicine,’” said Dr. Lee in an interview.  “Being a physician-poet, I   know first-hand that whether you’re ill or depressed, you always feel   better when you can smile and laugh. That’s what my book does…it’s my   cure for sadness!”

Dr. Lee has been an avid  lover of poems right from his childhood, citing Shel Silverstein as his   biggest inspiration in his journey to becoming an author.

“My family and I have always loved the poems/drawings of the famous poet/author Shel Silverstein. We often read his poems to our daughter before putting her  to bed,” he noted.

“Finding out that Mr. Silverstein died in 1999 and that we would never be able to meet him, I   decided in 2017 to try to emulate his witty, whimsical style and began   writing poems to entertain my family. So that’s how my poetry book   began.”“While there are many poetry books of course out there, my book,  unlike some poetry books, is not meant to be mushy, serious or sad.  NOT   GONNA WRITE POEMS is meant to be fun and to entertain,” said Dr. Lee.

“Kids and their parents will love the poems since they deal with many topics they can relate to:   Sleepovers, homework, slime, first dates, the Boogey Monster and more.”   “Also, my poetry book has many funny drawings, done by myself and my  10-year-old daughter, that add to the humorous nature of the poems.”

“Now more than ever”, Dr. Lee says, “We need our youths to be reading something that sends a   positive message.  Any book, poem or story that can make folks forget  their worries and troubles for a bit is something everyone should read.”   Or as Allen Ginsberg stated eloquently about poetry, “The only thing   that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world.  That’s what poetry does.”

Dr. Lee’s book of witty poems and sketches will take you on such a fun-filled journey, perhaps back to  your innocence and fond childhood memories.  So immerse yourself again  in your youthful exuberance, shut off the cell phones and computers, and read Dr. Lee’s book. 



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