The New Asylum: a memoir of psychiatry (Poetry Memoir Book 3) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- File size : 1700 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 176 pages
- Publication date : October 13, 2019
- Publisher : Wild Arancini Press (October 13, 2019)
- ASIN : B07YF7XNTC
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,772,120 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Each of Frank's books has been a story told in poetry, with a distinctive beginning, middle and ending. It is a unique and interesting way of approaching poetry writing and it really does work for the subject matters and themes of Frank's collections.
This third book depicts Frank's career as a psychiatric nurse for over forty years. The book is divided into sections or chapters, namely, Prologue, Asylum town, student daze, managing: acute observations, hostel life and epilogue. As you can see from these sections, the poetry does read in the same way as a story, albeit, one based on fact.
Frank's poems are moving and intense and his ability to share deep insight into the specific situations and circumstances of each patient and event features as a poem, is quite amazing. Frank's parents both worked for the same asylum and so his poetic experiences go right back to when he was a boy, seeing life at this institution through the eyes of his mother and father.
Some short extracts of poems that I found particularly impactful are as follows:
"except for a teardrop
that forms in her eye
when the little boy
with a small voice asks
when I grow up
if I can earn
a hundred dollars a week
do you think my wife
can stay at home
and not have to work every day"
From a hundred dollars every week
talking back to voices
preoccupied and distant
takes my colleague's hair
in one hand
and drives her head
into the solid wall"
From birdies at mealtime
"and the nurse who cut her down
had already lived this
this was her second one
the same all over again"
From from long black shoelaces
Frank has exceptional skill in being able to distill vital and intimate moments to their essence. The poems are minimalist but the messages are clear. He unflinchingly creates portraits of patients at their best, at their most challenging, and at their most vulnerable. He does the same with those who are the caregivers of those patients.
There is a fine thread of social commentary and advocacy for positive change in the care of those in need of mental health supports winding through the poems. There is also an unspoken plea to understand and validate what a life challenge it is for those suffering from mental illness, the family members seeking support in helping their loved ones, and for the heroic caregivers who do what they do.
Favorite poems: “Sunday lunch on the ladies ward;” “a hundred dollars every week;” “for a long time;” “where the air;” “famous flying choppers;” “huntington's marionette;” “not a lot anymore;” “kick starting the morning;” “lost: one cockerel;” “meandering journey;” and “furball and freddie.”
Humorous at times – “ask the pharmacist” he instructed “for a pair of fallopian tubes” – the author’s ability to have the reader “see” the circumstances; capture the essence in only a few words, is exceptional. Highly recommended.
Top reviews from other countries
I defiantly recommend taking the time to read every morsel.