My ebook “CATHARSIS” a collection of found poems, drawings, diary entries and a play script is available on offer at only 77p for another two weeks.
The book has mental health themes, looking at The System, manic-depression, personality disorders, self-harm and psychometric testing across a variety of media.
Using words “found” in my hospital records the poetry in the book tries to unite the confusion of experiencing mental illness and taking on difficult themes.
One of the main themes of the book is the reduction of psychiatric symptoms to statistics and psychometric tests. Mental illness is not based on numbers, it is based on emotion, uncontrollable impulses and subjective visions.
The play script in the book is called “Flat Space” and looks at the uncomfortable issue of “revolving door” patients who are frequently admitted to hospital and find it increasingly difficult to handle the real world as a result.
Meanwhile the drawings and diary entries in the book are raw examples of things I created whilst actually in a psychiatric hospital.
This book was difficult for me to write, but I felt I NEEDED to write it and get it out into the world. For me the journey towards this book has been a process of catharsis- looking at issues I have experienced with brutal honesty in order to face and conquer them.
So please take a look if you have a spare couple of hours to read a first-hand account of mental illness: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Catharsis-Azra-Page-ebook/dp/B00MW6EPH4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410687080&sr=8-1&keywords=catharsis (there is also a physical copy available on the same amazon page).
Recently some of the poems from the book have been used on Carolyn Jess-Cooke’s (the author of “The Boy Who Could See Demons”) blog: http://www.carolynjesscooke.com/blog/