- Paperback: 174 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1977952070
- ISBN-13: 978-1977952073
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A strong, happy, healthy human being would crack under these circumstances."
This is true for our inpatient mental health facilities; this is true for our society in general.
This book is chocked full of raw, uncensored truth. It's rich with hard-earned wisdom and insights, and, as such, it is a painful and poignant read.
This book is a glimpse into the bowels of society. A moment of clarity; bravely captured and bravely expressed. We get to witness, voyeur-like:
Autonomy recaptured from the feeble jaws of the system
This from someone who admits that she'd never read a book before writing this masterpiece. Words and sentences which bounce around the page with rhythm and rhyme. They took your pride, Bingo, four times a day. Feeding you pills you didn't consent to take. Because "that's just how it is".
But little things come with a large sequel. And throughout the book your mantra remains,
"Let me out"
They never had you. You were always free of the hell realm in which those health care workers were trapped. The realm of "this is just how it is".
You never accepted that and scribbled DIGNITY on your back.
Never will you become like nurse TC with the yard that seems to grow like cancer; the family photo with fake smiles; self-loathing meatloaf and sugar free shits.
And you kept your promise to do something. It took 13 years to gestate, sure. But this was worth the wait.
Lasternight's dream of checkin' the as neededs wasn't evidence of an ailing encephalon, no sir. You saw clearly the madness of the system and defiantly wrote it down.
It's all quite biblical, truth be told:
Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of psych
I shall fear no Feeler
For my pen and dollar store dictionary they comfort me
My insight runneth over
And the chickens most definitely
Come home to roost
You biblical little brash rash fly: bright red, itchy and defiant
Honoring Hannah in all her palindromic splendor
This book is not a soiled and foul effigy to be burnt into one's memory. It is triumphant alchemy, turning degradation into gold. You have spun truth from imprisonment and medicine from poisonous, hopeless, certainty.
The descent into the old hospital, into the bowels of the inglorious history of psychiatry; the lobotomy days, the more honest days. A time when we directly destroyed the frontal lobe, instead of this sneaky chemical castration of higher function that is the "anti-psychotic" , the "mood stabilizer" highly lucrative pharmaceutical chemical lobotomy. Such a poetic way to end the book. Descend into hell with your fellow crazy and emerge shaking with adrenaline and defiantly alive.
When a lock attached to a metal door and frame got in y'all's way? Break through the wall!!!
A story so rich with metaphors, that my soul got diabetes just reading it.
You speak of lancing pus from your tortured mind. LET ME OUT becomes the secret recipe and commandment from lucille. Venting her rage and unfiltered truth frees you from her clutches and twists illness into insight.
It was glorious and ugly and beautiful and awe-inspiring
And , yes, I am amused.
The system does not like amused one bit. The amused are detached and uncagable.
Thank you for letting us into the core. The glimpse is burned into the retinas of the collective consciousness.
Bingo is also a wonderful musician