Sooo, long time, no blog. I am aware and I am sorry! The past month has been massively hectic for me: I have had exams, a freaking snow storm, and most importantly, and the probably the only thing that stopped me blogging: WRITERS BLOCK. It has been atrocious; I have had so many ideas for posts and literally no initiative to actually write them. Every time I start, I write one sentence and scrap it. Although I am determined to get my act together and go back to a weekly posting schedule.
So what better way to kick things back off than a lovely post about poetry? And also the fact that it is World Poetry Day (entirely coincidental by the way) but a good one, I must say. I am aiming to be blogging a lot more about poetry as I have actually got the first draft for my own anthology… I know, exciting right? I’ll be posting a separate blog post soon detailing the inside scoop of my writing progress as there are tons of projects I am currently working on that I would love you guys to know about and support!
Today’s blog is actually a guest post from the beautiful and talented poet Isabelle Kenyon. Her book “This is Not a Spectacle” is honestly a work of literary art and I would definitely recommend reading it! I will be back again with my normal posts very soon. Until then, take it away Isabelle…
Thank you for letting me guest blog today! I wanted to spread the word about the MIND Poetry Anthology which I have compiled and edited. ‘Please Hear What I’m Not Saying’ has recently been released on Amazon. The Anthology consists of poems from 116 poets (if I include myself!) and the book details a whole range of mental health experiences. The profits of the book with go to UK charity, Mind.
The book came about through my desire to do a collaborative project with other poets and my desire to raise money for a charity desperately seeking donations to cope with the rising need for its work. I received over 600 poems and have narrowed this down to 180.
I believe that what makes this anthology different, is the collaborative nature of the project – although I have had the final artistic control, all the poets involved are passionate about the topics of mental health which they have written about, and about the wider aim of the book to raise money for Mind. Truly, our voices are stronger together.
As an editor, I have not been afraid to shy away from the ugly or the abstract, but I believe that the anthology as a whole is a journey – with each section the perspective changes. I hope that the end of the book reflects the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ for mental health and that the outcome of these last sections express positivity and hope.
I would love to share with you a few poems from the book:
By Sarah Evans
Everyday, projecting an invention of myself,
talking too much, speaking too little,
wrapped in layers of self-defence,
needing to be understood, not knowing
what to say, always perched outside
the magic circle of belonging,
poised at the party’s edge,
heart thumping, sweat crawling,
nausea pressing, world swimming,
longing to fit in, but reluctant to conform,
yearning for acceptance for
my unacceptable self,
this strange being, performing
By Sallyanne Rock
Immobile, I lay waste to days
Letting dust gather at my toes
Pins prickle sat-on hands
I wait, resenting daylight
Purpose passes by the window
Stillness stares back
From a crumpled pile on the sofa
Blanket-soft, nose cold
Standing to swallow cheap comfort
I face down the silent wall
Fruit furs and collapses
I watch it drip through basket holes
This poem was previously published for World Mental Health Day at https://worcestershirepoetlaureateninalewis.wordpress.com.
More information about the project: https://www.flyonthewallpoetry.co.uk/mind-poetry-project
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