I’ve begun the gradual pull of things of items from archives into the new site. For the moment I have picked two poems from 1994 – 1995 which is the period when I was first diagnosed with a mental illness.
These poems are not obviously poems related to my mental illness (there are others, which I probably won’t share, which are), but the fact I was writing poetry at all had more to do with a need to express myself due to being in crisis than due to fancying myself as a poet or an author of fiction.
The first poem is Thoughts on a New Room which is fairly self-explanatory for those who have lived the poor student life and have boarded in a dwelling with a room and shared common facilities.
The second poem is About the Trash which is about a bar I visited a few times while unsuccessfully trying to deal with loneliness and depression. That has never been my scene and I doubt it ever will be.