I had no idea that my favorite poet and sharer of my birthday wrote a poem that shares my favorite word – “Denouement“. Unlike Sylvia Plath’s most famous poems such as “Daddy” and “Lady Lazarus”, “Denouement” is a fairly short and simple poem, complete with rhymes. This may not sound like the Sylvia Plath we know and love, but she had … Read More
It is difficult to find a complete version of Sylvia Plath’s “Poem for a Birthday” online (I have transcribed it below). The final epitaph, “The Stones”, is often given alone. I have read this poem on many birthday’s past. Today it is particularly meaningful to me. Sharing Plath’s birthday, and entering my 29th year, I think of the terror that … Read More
This is one of my all-time favorite Sylvia Plath poems, right up there with “Poem for a Birthday”. Sylvia who shares my birthday as well as the ten -year cycles that she writes about in Lady Lazarus (I wonder if she had the three-year cycles, too). As I approach the age she was when she committed suicide I cannot help … Read More
Submission Number One 🙂 , from John Li. More of his work can be viewed here. John is a fellow survivor and a Ph.D. student – so by default, he has more intestinal fortitude than I have… and a beautiful collection of thoughts and quotes. I can only claim ownership of the typography choices. And a few photographs. From “Organs … Read More
People who know the rules cannot go past them
If you have an idea of what you were put here to do
I became a journalist, because journalists get to ask questions.
Balance your goals and hopes
With feeding yourself and paying your debts
Imagining that my goal was a distant mountain
I knew I was okay because I could not taken jobs that would have been closer to the mountain.
I tended to do anything that felt like an adventure.
I tended to stop when it felt like work.
You put out a bottle
Hopelessness and Hunger…
For anyone else who needs a smile, have a great big belly laugh. Famed existential psychotherapist and cultural hero R.D. Laing was a man of many talents. It is hard for us, who have to make a choice. People romanticize having a “calling” in life. They have no idea that in order to have a calling, one must make sacrifices … Read More
Since tapering off both Effexor XR (took almost a decade) and Seroquel XR (took a couple of weeks), I’ve been able to do something I haven’t been able to for a long time without great strenuous effort … :kissing: Read!!! Not surprisingly, I dove into a book on the madness industry (a “journey through [it]”, as the book’s subtitle states). … Read More
As you may well know, Toronto, Canada’s got Mad Pride, especially this weekend, when “Mad Pride Toronto” rallies in various venues throughout the city. I would love to do a book launch there myself, sometime in the not-so-distant future. For now, I want to remind anyone who doesn’t already about the convergence, and share a little news about what’s happened … Read More
About to be released from the psych ward, pairing up with a great new friend I met here to get our lives in order (one more time now! :rain: ) and keep the pact made that we will try our very damnedest from now on to live each day such that we please each of our selves and are happy with and … Read More
As I mentioned yesterday in passing, I had not checked out the blog that replaced this one on wordpress’s free site when I bought my own domain and went my own way, for months. Of course, I speak of “Mad Praxis”, a compilation of the writings by the two fellows with whom I had my past two serious relationships, who … Read More
Last summer, I searched and searched and searched and searched…literally, typing various “boolean operators” into Google to find a poem that I thought would save my life. It was all tied up in the magick garden by which the computer sat, and, of course, the car crash of an end that was my last relationship. I knew it was by … Read More
I’ll need a little more time to collect my thoughts re: Sylvia Plath’s “Poem for a Birthday”. Especially now that I’ve found Dylan Thomas’ birthday/October themed poem and Sylvia’s “A Birthday Present.” Reading the collection, Plath (Poems), selected by Diane Wood Middlebrook, I have come to realize how many diverse, female artists, including some of my favourite composers, in the … Read More
It would be awesome to hear your thoughts now…mine will come on – you guessed it – “our” birthday, October 27th :tkp
Thinking of Sylvia, who shares my birthday. The excitement when I discovered this little fact…the looks of horror on others’ faces – aside from little sister, and every line she writes is worthy of endless discussion (not to idolize, but I do not know how she does it, and have never felt the same way about any other poet). Actually, … Read More
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