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Postcards From The Asylum #11

By rosie42  
Pharmacopoeia

When the new psychiatrist
asks me to draw a person
I tell him I'm a poet,
I don't do Picasso.

When he doctor-scrawls
bottomless repeats of
Thorazine, Stelazine
and other zines,
I tell him I don't do
courage pills.

When he insists on running
his own pill show,
I tell him I don't do
song and dance.

When he brings in the sales team,
fresh from a pharmaceutical expo,
to mainline a tasty new anti-
depressant on me,

it goes down deep,
like a headstone into water.

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The next in a series shot at a disused asylum - the Royal Derwent Psychiatric Hospital at New Norfolk, Tasmania.

The images in the series feature examples from a collection of 77 poems penned by Karen Knight, Postcards From The Asylum (published by Pardalote Press). These disarming poems were inspired by Karen's experiences as an inmate at the Royal Derwent in 1969.

Postcards From The Asylum #1 here .
Postcards From The Asylum #2 here .
Postcards From The Asylum #3 here .
Postcards From The Asylum #4 here .
Postcards From The Asylum #5 here .
Postcards From The Asylum #6 here .
Postcards From The Asylum #7 here .
Postcards From The Asylum #8 here
Postcards From The Asylum #9 here .
Postcards From The Asylum #10 here .
Postcards From The Asylum #12 here .

Thank you for viewing - your comments (+/-) are much appreciated....

Susie :o)

Tags: Photo journalism Architecture Asylum Portraits and people

Voters: carmenfuchs, Brewster, motoads and 1 more


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Comments


Brewster 11 4 Scotland
23 Feb 2009 7:28PM
Unusual viewpoint. I like the phone off the hook.

Bruce

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motoads 9 14 Australia
24 Feb 2009 12:05PM
WOW!

Such a commanding POV in this Susie, the light looks to be hostile, forcing its way into this space, only to find a disconnected (broken?) telephone...

What a series... Stunning...

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