Found Poetry in The Psychologist

By Emma Pearson

October 26, 2020

17 September 2019

The invitation with this prompt from Megan Devine’s Writing Your Grief course was to pick a page in a newspaper/magazine, and just highlight random words and from those create a poem. It’s a weird and wonderful exercise.

Struggled
Many years
Conscious shift to
Enlist help

Active critic
Madness as insight
Philosophical coincidence
Culprit suspicious


Signs of sexual activity
Mixed reviews
Inspired ideology
After a suicide attempt

An army of labour
Cheap labour
Inhabitants of the
Hospital

Becoming tainted
Poor evil fear
Failed efforts
Mad treatments

Exhausted
A better way
Scrutiny
A social problem

Acceptance
Willpower to change
A previous
Lobotomy treatment

C/o The Psychologist, September 2019

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