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Main : mental health, poetry, schizophrenia, young adult

ISBN: 9781876756031
0.110 kgs
180 x 138 mm
88 pp
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Poems from the Madhouse
Sandy Jeffs
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Poems from the Madhouse invites readers into the paradoxical world of insanity: the confusion and clarity, the courage and fear, the bleak despair and the black comedy. Only a poet could make us hear the thundering whisper of insanity, the endless circling of the revolving door, the sheer practicality of whatever gets you through the night. Here are portraits of other people in wards filled with restless wanderers. In the end, it is humour, a thesaurus of monickers that enable the reader to emerge sadder, wiser, but not hopeless.

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1994 FAW Anne Elder Award
1994 Commended, Human Rights Award
Victorian Women's Role of Honour
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'Going beyond the “liquid boundaries” of the mind and living on the razor’s edge of insanity she shares with her readers what it is like to struggle through the “torturous maze of distress/where confusion reigns and/clarity remains submerged".'

Julia Hancock, LOTL

'Their direct appeal lies in [the poems’] combination of comedy and despair, of terror and courage.’ 

Jennifer Cooke, Australian Bookseller and Publisher

'Sandy Jeffs powerfully creates madness as cultural institution and social inscape. Her vivid, cogent poetry fully conveys the harsh peremptoriness of insanity and is at the same time empoweringly sane.’

Kerry Leves, Overland
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