Denouement by Plath

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sylvia plath the bell jar

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

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“No, Not Sadness, Depression.” Submission By Wendy Madrigga

jenniferlreimerGuest Posts, Other Survivors, Transcend

bell let's talk criticism

Guest Submission on the Bell Canada “Let’s Talk” Campaign By Wendy Madrigga (send inquiries here) Editor’s note: I was one of the gripers.  The same campaign was done last year – Bell was to donate a whopping FIVE CENTS to “mental health initiatives” for every long distance call made (long distance is not unlimited or free from region to region … Read More

jenniferlreimer“No, Not Sadness, Depression.” Submission By Wendy Madrigga

“Please Don’t Tell Me Anything Else, You’re Making Me Depressed.”

jenniferlreimerEmotional Invalidation, Mad Society, Other Survivors, Transcend

survivor woman scarred but strong

Have you heard these words come out of the mouth of a “friend” when telling him/her about events in your life?  I thought that friendship was all about such sharing of life experiences: the good, the bad, and the ugly.  I missed the notice that topics like car accidents, physical and/or mental illness, death in the family, domestic violence, problems … Read More

jenniferlreimer“Please Don’t Tell Me Anything Else, You’re Making Me Depressed.”

Practice of Madness Magazine Presents: New American Poetry, Exclusive

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alcoholics anonymous experience

[quote]I am proud to present a submission of new American poetry written by Weldon H. Sandusky, and published here for the first time.  Before I share his work, a word of thank-you to all readers, and anticipation of things to come…[/quote] I have slowly started receiving submissions of writing and artwork from you, my readers*.  Practice of Madness Magazine is, … Read More

jenniferlreimerPractice of Madness Magazine Presents: New American Poetry, Exclusive

Stigma and Antidepressants

jenniferlreimerCultural Studies, Meds, Meds, Meds!, Other Survivors


I am collecting the stories of people like me who have been stigmatized – called names, shunned, harassed, etc. – by family, friends, and/or strangers because, like me, you take antidepressants and/or other psych meds so that you can live like a “normal person*”. (*almost…sometimes…kind of…) From the Practice of Madness Facebook Page: ” I’m called a pill popper by some … Read More

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Poem for a Birthday by Sylvia Plath …on my birthday.

jenniferlreimerMy Favourite Authors, Other Survivors, Poetry, Prose, Personal

Sylvia Plath Poem for a Birthday Complete

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

jenniferlreimerPoem for a Birthday by Sylvia Plath …on my birthday.

Goffman: Asylums Summary (Part One)

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goffman asylums summary

I was so damn naive during my freshman year in college. I was incredibly inspired by my sociology professor, which probably was the most influential force in my decision to study sociology for the next seven years.  He had a long grey ponytail.  Before teaching at McGill, he taught at Harvard.  Harvard.  He would go outside after each lecture, and smoke … Read More

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A Day for a Mad Girl’s Love Song

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Mad Girl's Love Song Sylvia Plath

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

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Organs in Main, John Li

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richard-yves sitoski

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

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I Am Sorry My Sadness Makes You Uncomfortable

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sadness practice of madness

I’m not “fine”. I’m not even okay and I’m certainly not good. What’s worse is that I haven’t felt that I have the right to feel anything less than “okay”. I have felt as if I don’t have the right to feel sad. I have been shamed for feeling sad. I have been invalidated in such rudimentary ways that I have not allowed myself to simply feel through it. I have come out the other end of it angry, spiteful, worn out, uninspired and sad, yes, I’m fucking SAD and that is not a dirty word.

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What is Your Favorite Word? (Dénouement)

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The telegram says you have gone away
And left our bankrupt circus on its town;

There is nothing more for me to say.

The maestro gives the singing birds their pay

And they buy tickets for the tropic zone;

The telegram says you have gone away.

jenniferlreimerWhat is Your Favorite Word? (Dénouement)

Neil Gaiman, Tori Amos, and the Artist’s Life

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People who know the rules cannot go past them

If you have an idea of what you were put here to do

Go on

Do it.

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…

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The American Hikikomori

jenniferlreimerChild Psychiatry, Feminism and Madness, Mad Society, Michael Orion Powell, Other Survivors, Sociology of Medicine

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The American Hikikomori Michael Orion Powell [Jennifer L. Reimer’s thoughts on the topic, posthumously, appear in italicized brackets]   Welcome to my first post with Practice of Madness. Jen was kind enough to give me the opportunity to write here – For my first assignment, the madwoman suggested that I look in to the concept of “hikikomori” – a Japanese term for young … Read More

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Did You Used to Be R.D. Laing? (full documentary)

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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

jenniferlreimerDid You Used to Be R.D. Laing? (full documentary)

April, Bipolar Women, and Persephone: Good News for Everyone…

jenniferlreimerFeminism and Madness, Mad Society, Other Survivors, Poetry, Prose, Personal, Transcend


…trickle down economics invent Sky Gods that throw paper down from storm clouds.  It turns out that invented Gods will not save a market in a “waning” phase.  “Growth” is not supposed to be limitless, in fact, if it were, unpleasant death would befall every single person caught in the cancer. Maybe it’s the growth that surrounds me that has … Read More

jenniferlreimerApril, Bipolar Women, and Persephone: Good News for Everyone…