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We Have Come Through : 100 Poems Celebrating Courage in Overcoming Depression and  Trauma - Peter Forbes

We Have Come Through

100 Poems Celebrating Courage in Overcoming Depression and Trauma

By: Peter Forbes (Editor)

Paperback Published: 26th June 2003
ISBN: 9781852246198
Number Of Pages: 160

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Contains a mix of poems offering emotional and spiritual upliftment. This selection of traditional and contemporary poems are for people who have suffered, or are suffering from depression and mental illness.

The publication of this book coincides with the tenth anniversary of Survivors' Poetry, a nationwide charity founded in 1991 which aims to support, through creativity, all those who suffer from mental health problems. The collection takes the reader through the journey that is the lot of many mentally ill patients from initial signs of disturbance through the depths of despair to the final rock bottom of a mental breakdown and then gradually to restored health and a renewed trust in the future. The opening section of the collection, entitled 'Scenario for a Walk-on Part', shares the confusion felt by people in the early stages of disturbance with fine contributions including Peter Scupham with a marvellous poem entitled 'Unpicked' and the touching and much anthologised 'Childhood' by Frances Cornford. The next section, starkly called 'Why We Go Mad', shares some of the causes while 'Welcome to the Club' begins with Wendy Cope's succinct but painfully honest 'Depression'. 'Aftermath and Redemption', including Elizabeth Jennings's 'Into the Hour', a poem of huge understanding, leads into the final section of the book, entitled 'Survival Strategies', which shares poems about survival techniques and positive thinking for the future. As well as the classic selections from the likes of Blake, Shakespeare and Milton, there are important 20th-century voices like Thomas Hardy, W B Yeats, Stevie Smith and Sylvia Plath. Poems were also specially commissioned for the book from poets currently writing such as U A Fanthorpe, Roger McGough, Sujata Bhatt and Andrew Motion. There are also contributions by the members of Survivors' Poetry. Peter Forbes was Editor of Poetry Review from 1986 to 2002 and he also compiled the very comprehensive and well-reviewed Scanning the Century: The Penguin Book of the Twentieth Century in Poetry (1999). This is not a depressing collection, rather it is affirming and ultimately encouraging. As D H Lawrence has it in the 1918 collection that gives this book its title, 'Look, we have come through!' (Kirkus UK)

Introductionp. 9
I wishp. 12
On the way to the depotp. 13
Unpickedp. 14
I am verticalp. 16
Childhoodp. 17
Scenario for a walk-on partp. 18
Wantsp. 20
The death of poetryp. 21
Blues on the tubep. 22
Walking aroundp. 23
The sash windowp. 25
Dolorp. 26
Unplayed musicp. 27
Sonnet XIXp. 28
I amp. 29
Wessex heightsp. 30
The morning starp. 31
from Hamletp. 32
The feelingp. 32
The wayp. 34
Neurosisp. 35
Londonp. 36
Report on experiencep. 37
A prayer to George Herbertp. 38
To youp. 39
Hatredp. 41
The tittle cardboard suitcasep. 43
Why should old men not be madp. 44
Penguinsp. 44
from Howlp. 46
Spiritual chickensp. 48
To carry the childp. 50
from The Book of Disquietp. 51
My own heart let me more have pity onp. 52
To himselfp. 53
Halvesp. 54
Depressionp. 56
Her kindp. 57
from A Season in Hellp. 58
Join the clubp. 58
We're throughp. 60
Psychep. 60
Every lovely Limb's a desolationp. 62
from Hamletp. 63
from Jubilate Agnop. 64
Last dayp. 66
from Dream Songsp. 67
There is a manp. 68
Mental wardp. 69
Award for braveryp. 70
You, Doctor Martinp. 71
Walking in the bluep. 73
Visits to St. Elizabeth'sp. 75
Counting the madp. 78
Lullabyp. 79
The passing cloudp. 80
Therapyp. 82
Into the hourp. 84
I, the survivorp. 85
Beyond decorationp. 86
The middle of nowherep. 87
The journeyp. 88
Beginningp. 89
from Hymn to the supreme being ...p. 90
Dischargedp. 92
Chorus of the rescuedp. 93
Losing and findingp. 94
The reprievep. 96
The night before releasep. 97
A full recoveryp. 99
Creative-writing sessionp. 100
The flowerp. 101
Sometimesp. 103
The bright fieldp. 104
Everyone Sangp. 105
A northern morningp. 106
Great momentsp. 107
And yet the booksp. 109
You know what I'm sayingp. 110
One artp. 112
Mr. Cogito meditates on sufferingp. 113
A patient old cripplep. 115
from The Kingdomp. 116
Foundationsp. 117
Inventoryp. 118
The wayp. 119
Be not too hardp. 120
Wooden Heartp. 121
Homeopathyp. 122
Lessons in survivalp. 124
A minor rolep. 125
Try to praise the mutilated worldp. 127
Wild geesep. 128
In the endp. 129
Youp. 130
The white roomp. 131
Reality demandsp. 132
from A dialogue of self and soulp. 134
from Leaves of Grassp. 135
Invocationp. 136
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ISBN: 9781852246198
ISBN-10: 1852246197
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 26th June 2003
Publisher: BLOODAXE BOOKS LTD
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 13.9  x 1.000
Weight (kg): 0.21