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  1. 1. Poetry Sz: demystifying mental illness Page 1 of 16 Дели Пријави злоупотребу Следећи блог» Направи блог Пријавите се Poetry Sz: demystifying mental illness ISSN 1175-8309 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2011 SEARCH THIS BLOG Tatjana Debeljački Search powered by Familiar With Insanity ABOUT US – am I gifted person? Is it important, since I no longer exist?! Online literary magazine founded in 2000. New work by poets from Denmark, I was sailing through the endless space, still angry at the death that came in malevolent Australia, UK, Canada, US, Macedonia, time. The success was feasible. The space is so cold, and my physicus, which I imagined, Japan, Uruguay, Poland, Chile, Sweden, transformed into the powerful energy that has no use. I did not have a plan. Greece, Germany, Nigeria, and other countries. – Probably I do not need the plan here, – as if the thought was spotted. Poetry Sz features all types of outstanding From some star constellation, a man in white floated towards me. He was tampering original poetry from both new and something about my bodiless being, and then suddenly disappeared. experienced writers. People around me were freely walking in their pajamas, it was only me bound to bed We have nominated work to the Best of the Web anthology. Submission Guidelines Tatjana Debeljački was born on 23.04.1967 in Užice. Writes poetry, short stories, stories and ARCHIVES haiku. Member of Association of Writers of Serbia -UKS since 2004 and Haiku Society of Serbia - HDS Serbia, HUSCG – Montenegro and HDPR, Croatia. A member of Writers’ Association ▼ 2011 (17) Poeta, Belgrade since 2008, HKD Croatia since 2009 and a member of Poetry Society "Antun ▼ December (1) Ivanošić" Osijek since 2011. Deputy of the main editor (cooperation with magazines & Tatjana Debeljački interviews). ► November (2) ► October (4) Editor of the magazine "Poeta", published by Writers’ Association "Poeta" ► September (3) ► August (1) Union of Yugoslav Writers in Homeland and Immigration – Belgrade, Literary Club Yesenin – ► July (6) Belgrade. Up to now, she has published four collections of poetry: “A HOUSE MADE OF GLASS “, published by ART – Užice in 1996; collection of poems “YOURS“, published by ► 2009 (18) Narodna knjiga Belgrade in 2003; collection of haiku poetry “VOLCANO”, published by Lotos from Valjevo in 2004. A CD book “A HOUSE MADE OF GLASS” published by ART in 2005, ► 2008 (25) bilingual Creek Casey SR-EN with music, AH-EH-IH-OH-UH, published by Poeta, Belgrade in 2008. Her poetry ► 2007 (26) and haiku have been translated into several languages. Email/Websites/Blogs ► 2006 (23) In Germany ► 2005 (23) ► 2004 (18) Posted by JC at 12:23 PM 0 comments ► 2003 (24) ► 2002 (25) SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2011 ► 2001 (20) ► 2000 (18) SITES LINKING TO POETRY SZ Web BPhoenix: Poetry by the Mentally Ill Mental Illness | Sanctuary Psychiatric Pages Centers of Santa Barbara 12/9/2011
  2. 2. Poetry Sz: demystifying mental illness Page 2 of 16 a lion jumped out of a swimming pool Academi and started hugging children BronzeWord Latino Authors they locked the doors Duotropes Digest In Germany and ran away Emerging Writers Network Every Writers Resource the crocodile snarled Haydens Ferry Review because we stole Listen & Be Heard Network its puddle the chimpanzee giggled New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre at the buffalo missing New Zealand Poetry Society its two front teeth and the giraffe applauded qarrtsiluni because the penguin was The Poetry Kit throwing a tantrum The Poetry Library an elephant stole The Poetry Resource Page my bicycle and Winning Writers ploughed it into a car the hole was a banana shape i All work featured in Poetry Sz: demystifying had to pay the fine mental illness are owned by the respective contributing poets and artists, including all i must have been back copyrights, and do not necessarily reflect in germany the opinions of the editor and the publisher. where the buildings are Copying, reprinting or reproducing them in underground in a maze any form without the written permission of the copyright holder is prohibited. where cakes are sparkling Copyright © 2000-2011 Daedalus on a table Publishing Ltd. All Rights Reserved where books in the library call my name caroline with the light brown hair pushes it behind her ears and ponders another maths equation xxx or xxy Casey Creek: I am eighteen years old, live in the North island of New Zealand. I have suffered from depression and anxiety for most of my teenage years due to prolonged emotional abuse. Part way through this year I suffered a complete mental breakdown from which I am still recovering. My worst symptoms were intense panic attacks, frequent suicidal thoughts and terrifying nightmares. Poetry has been a huge part of my life from a young age, in helping me to survive and explore who I am in this world. Poetry helps me to see the bright side of life and I look forward to a much happier future. Posted by JC at 5:02 PM 0 comments WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 02, 2011 Jack Hodil 12/9/2011
  3. 3. Poetry Sz: demystifying mental illness Page 3 of 16 Digging It could have only risen from the dirt by force, breaking through and out of the sediment. But we were there too long. What crawled out from that earth could never be reburied, and, in the end, the soil had nothing for us. When not writing, Jack Hodil can most often be found avoiding school work, battling inanimate objects, purchasing cheap packs of cigarettes with loose change, or watching cage fights with his action figures. Posted by JC at 12:32 PM 0 comments FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2011 Jack Galmitz Looking Out Through the door pass a hundred clowns or more each with a dagger through the door A woman enters my room eating her placenta through the door the ballroom floor covered with prayer carpets through the door Men seen dying in fictions through the door infants working without compensation through the door troubadours forget their songs Jack Galmitz is on SSD for 4 or 5 mental illnesses. Posted by JC at 11:42 AM 0 comments 12/9/2011
  4. 4. Poetry Sz: demystifying mental illness Page 4 of 16 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2011 Nima Kian BODY GUEST I. Body, I see you walk away. Gravel streets recognize my absence in your soles. Did you learn a new language or did I forget the way we talked to each other? You grew quiet like a vessel, drained. II. We cannot emigrate out of skin that holds us together. Another language changed us from the inside. We are foreigners in our self. I understand that our body-guest rearranges our living arrangement, removes myelin sheathing you draped around axons of our brain and spinal cord. Your reactions—what feel like multiple tiny legs running on my skin, electric water pouches under my feet, crumpled fingers like deformed paper— alarm me. III. We possess a personal painter who resides throughout our nervous system. You and I, plus one whose abstract arts— little white lines, narrow, scattered— weaken us. A new language takes time. Fluency rescues. Nima Kian: I was diagnosed with Progressive Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis. My condition should be a lot worse than it is; I keep myself from returning to my original symptoms by following a very strict dietary lifestyle. I have multiple plaques in my brain that interrupt my thoughts, limit my retention, and affect my memory. I guess talking to a part of yourself thats stopped communicating with the rest of you is a kind of mental illness caused by a physical one. Living with PRMS is like living with a partner you sometimes find hard to handle, but impossible to abandon or give up on. 12/9/2011
  5. 5. Poetry Sz: demystifying mental illness Page 5 of 16 Posted by JC at 3:45 PM 0 comments MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2011 Linda Hunter Torture Racing thoughts run through my head, I believe the demons are trying to keep me in bed. Shake with fear all day long and hear a strange pop, Please someone help me! make this stop! I pray for the thoughts to stop tormenting me, I feel like jumping high from a cliff into the sea. Bad dreams and scary nights feel each day, I wonder how long I will have to stay. The drugs I take to make me well, Fill my head so big I don’t want to swell. So many tormenting years to come, Why me? This torture is no fun. Linda Hunter suffers from bi-polar type 2. She takes numerous medications. Posted by JC at 7:49 PM 0 comments SUNDAY, OCTOBER 09, 2011 Jade Wallace The Vines twine upon the wall, garlands for brick red hair that falls from the head office how do you feel about that? sand skittering across rock with the sound of wordless whispering; but my mother had words for it, and she said- let’s talk about you I’d rather speak of the white bench, around which the trees huddled in quiet ceremony why don’t you speak of yourself? myself, lying on woven grass, small egg in a vast nest. the sky is pearly curving blue: I am on the inside 12/9/2011
  6. 6. Poetry Sz: demystifying mental illness Page 6 of 16 of a seashell i really think we need to work on developing your sense of self senses: five: radar by which I receive images and translate the transmissions into paper logic same time next week then? thank you, doctor. Jade Wallace is an M.A. student in Social Justice and Equity Studies at Brock University. She currently has two chapbooks available for sale through Grey Borders books ( and has recently been published in (d)ead (g)end(er) magazine (see: She also has two blogs: (her literary blog) and (her silly but serious Star Wars-inspired blog). Also, Jade really likes her new eyeglasses. Posted by JC at 12:58 PM 0 comments SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2011 John Pursch All-Out, Butyl Steerage Mingle freely at the galas vapor lock, clamoring for jutting parlor tricks and donut boys given over to time travel. Popping out of the portal in antique gear, marshaling too much reserve, holding back when all-out, butyl steerage is called for, relying on relics long submerged, our hero plunges headlong into the enemys third tour of dutiful, four-alarm fire, only to be raked under the shoals by fedoras and boas of a font rarely seen in this century. Such are the verisimilitudes of warehouse work, launching clerks and boxboys into lies of brute, impending regret. A cavalcade of wanton images, soupy in its cluttered sawdust protocol, delivers stringent, hyperbolic missives at twice the regular clip, unraveled and scented with lilac. 12/9/2011
  7. 7. Poetry Sz: demystifying mental illness Page 7 of 16 John Pursch lives in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has appeared in Breadcrumb Scabs, Calliope Nerve, Camel Saloon, Carcinogenic Poetry, Clockwise Cat, Counterexample Poetics, experiential-experimental-literature, Four and Twenty, Orion headless, Puffin Circus, and vox poetica. You can follow his work at . Posted by JC at 6:49 PM 0 comments THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 Christopher Barnes Ungodly Piggling Anarchists Foreign Office thinks were a cut above not knowing our raison d etre is persuasive deniability they try to pin us down. Our dynamites in the diplomats bag a slap in the face to pride. Were heirs to a set-up that must be snared. A front-rank flying start. Christopher Barnes: in 1998 I won a Northern Arts writers award. In July 200 I read at Waterstones bookshop to promote the anthology Titles Are Bitches. Christmas 2001 I debuted at Newcastles famous Morden Tower doing a reading of my poems. Each year I read for Proudwords lesbian and gay writing festival and I partake in workshops. 2005 saw the publication of my collection LOVEBITES published by Chanticleer Press, 6/1 Jamaica Mews, Edinburgh. On Saturday 16Th August 2003 I read at the Edinburgh Festival as a Per Verse poet at LGBT Centre, Broughton St. I also have a BBC web-page and (if first site does not work click on SECTION 28 on second site. Christmas 2001 The Northern Cultural Skills Partnership sponsored me to be mentored by Andy Croft in conjunction with New Writing North. I made a radio programme for Web FM community radio about my writing group. October-November 2005, I entered a poem/visual image into the art exhibition The Art Cafe Project, his piece Post-Mark was shown in Bettys Newcastle. This event was sponsored by Pride On The Tyne. I made a digital film with artists Kate Sweeney and Julie Ballands at a film making workshop called Out Of The Picture which was shown at the festival party for Proudwords, it contains my poem The Old Heave-Ho. I worked on a collaborative art and literature project called How Gay Are Your Genes, facilitated by Lisa Mathews (poet) which exhibited at The Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University, including a film piece by the artist Predrag Pajdic in which I read my poem On Brenkley St. The event was funded by The Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Institute, Bio-science Centre at Newcastles Centre for Life. I was involved in the Five Arts Cities poetry postcard event which exhibited at The Seven Stories childrens literature building. In May I had 2006 a solo art/poetry exhibition at The Peoples Theatre why not take a look at their website The South Bank Centre in London recorded my poem "The Holiday I Never Had", I can be heard reading it on 12/9/2011
  8. 8. Poetry Sz: demystifying mental illness Page 8 of 16 REVIEWS: I have written poetry reviews for Poetry Scotland and Jacket Magazine and in August 2007 I made a film called A Blank Screen, 60 seconds, 1 shot for Queerbeats Festival at The Star & Shadow Cinema Newcastle, reviewing a poem...see On September 4 2010, I read at the Callander Poetry Weekend hosted by Poetry Scotland. Posted by JC at 3:04 PM 0 comments FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 02, 2011 Michael Tugendhat Psychosis Like imprecision, psychosis is nothing but a botched amputation where you live amidst the nowhere. In hidden life she chews through you toward incapacitated momentum. There is nothing in the imperfect but a shade of something other. The cuts in your wrist are just wide enough for blood to pour through, palms flush cold where the knife inserts in the bow-tie veins of your wrist, the dog licks below at the blood pool you’re knee deep in it now, that schizophrenic cool. Michael Tugendhat has been living with bipolar, psychosis, and obsessive compulsive disorder for the last two years. His memoir is due out from Turquoise Morning Press in 2012. This memoir details what life is like with a mental illness. He hopes to educate and inspire. He lives and writes in Philadelphia. Posted by JC at 10:47 AM 0 comments Home Older Posts 12/9/2011
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