Asylum's poetry editor Janine Booth introduces three of the poetic contributors to the new issue of the radical mental health magazine: Gail Something Else, Fred the Ninja, and Holly Bars.
Rebecca is a school refuser
The lessons confuse her
Miss knows her sister
is a substance misuser
It doesn't excuse her
She's labelled a shirker,
assigned to an overworked social work
a conflict defuser
But Becky's still a school refuser
Mason is a lesson bailer,
afraid of failure
He's looking paler, feeling frailer
Janine has recently taken over as Poetry Editor of Asylum magazine.
Asylum wants your poetry for our radical mental health magazine.
Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Home Office on Friday 4 September to demand that Osime Brown not be deported to Jamaica.
Last year, I wrote a poem (a pantoum) called 'This Place' about visiting my son in the adolescent psychiatric unit where he spent four months (read it here).
He now has his own flat, living independently with support. So I decided to write a follow-up poem of the same length in the same style, hoping that this will illustrate the wonderful progression.