How to be Relentless

Joan Didion | The Year of Magical Thinking

First off, I won’t be coy. I liked it. A lot. I love how Joan Didion kept repeating certain phrases throughout The Year of Magical Thinking, such as cool customer, and life changes fast. That imbued the phrases with layers of meaning. Repetition is a technique I’ve used a lot in poetry and less frequently […] Read More

Just What Am I Doing Here, Anyway?

Writing Mental Illness, the blog, enables people who have experienced mental illness either personally or as a family member to create literature about psychiatric disability by examining successful writing on the issue such as Girl, Interrupted or The Bell Jar, taking on craft issues from a creative writing perspective and looking to other art areas […] Read More

Just Who Am I, Anyway?

About ten years ago, my father told me I was a death poet, and I pretty much agreed. It was the truth as I understood it. When I wasn’t writing about death; well, I was never not writing about death.Now, I’m mostly writing about mental illness, but it isn’t as catchy to call myself a […] Read More

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