~Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle
Diversity in literature is a hot topic. It always strikes me how much potential diversity there is: diversity of religion, gender, economics, race/ethnicity, political beliefs, size, age, families/living arrangements, various aspects of physical health, cognition, educational systems, and many others.
One source of diversity is mental health. People have a *wide* range of mental health/illness experiences. My focus today is on poetry (and books) inspired by/relating to mental disorders. I'll start with an excerpt from “For a Patient” and then share links to other poems, plus articles and books. If you have any suggestions for poems, books, posts, etc. to add, please leave them in the comments.
photo by Tim Bonnemann
FOR A PATIENT:
YOU SAID YOU HATED POEMS
by Helen Montague Foster
because you didn’t get what they meant.
I said poetry is a language of pictures.
I meant to show you how to pick a calming
song for singing to yourself. You asked:
How can you calm yourself; you are yourself.
I said: None of us is single-minded.
read the rest here.
* There are excellent poems from the Texas Department of State Health Services' Adult Mental Health Awareness Poetry Contest 2012, 2013
* Mental Illness from the Outside By Erica Loberg
* Letter from a Mental Hospital by Kim Lozano
* Such Music as This by Jerry Kraft
* Apology by Elisabeth Dahl
* Addictions Counselor by Fran Markover
* 4% of Everything or Nothing by Ray Emanuel
* The End of the Old Woman by Michael Fulop
* Poems for Autistic Children
* Open Minds Quarterly: the poetry and literature of mental health recovery
* The Awakenings Project: empowering and healing through art
* Poetry, the creative process and mental illness from the BBC
* Veterans and Writing (Therapy)
* Poems to Lean on
* Through the Seasons: Poems and Illustrations by Moe Armstrong (Free.)
* Anne Sexton
* Info about Poetry Therapy
* National Alliance on Mental Illness fact sheets for Parents, Caregivers & Youth and Find Support (Resources)
* Books Dealing with Children’s Mental Health Topics For Children, Adolescents, and their Parents
* Booklist: Tough Issues for Teens by Bildungsroman
* You Cannot Be Replaced
* Walking a Balance Beam, post by Julianna Baggott
* Stamp Out Stigma
Stamp Out Stigma
photo by Steven Depolo
It is as if my life were magically run by two electric currents: joyous positive and despairing negative--which ever is running at the moment dominates my life, floods it.
Liz Steinglass has the Poetry Friday round-up today.