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Postcards From The Asylum #2

By rosie42  
1913

In the year my father was born
emus roamed free
in the hospital grounds.

Tobacco leaves were harvested
in the hop fields and dried out
for the inmates to smoke.

Drawing Room Entertainment
came with the Shoobridge Family
with plates of bread
and quince jam.

Mongoloids were shown
how to tie their bootlaces
so they wouldn't trip
on the linoleum roses

and they danced to a hand organ
outside in the courtyard
until their socks grew tired.


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The second 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 #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 #11 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

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Comments


Gwen_A 9 2 United Kingdom
30 Nov 2008 11:44AM
Great shot. I think this will be a very powerful series.

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rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
30 Nov 2008 11:55AM
Image and text that speak volumes, Susie. Ron.
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
30 Nov 2008 11:56AM
You are doing well to illustrate these poems. I agree, very powerful!
30 Nov 2008 3:06PM
Just as I thought, this is going to be a wonderful series...
David
rosie42 12 7 Australia
1 Dec 2008 11:30AM
Thank you for your interest and impressions Gwen, Ron, Joline and David...

Susie :o)
randomrubble 12 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2009 1:47PM
This is my favourite in the series.
rosie42 12 7 Australia
18 Feb 2009 10:00PM
Delighted you like it randomrubble... appreciate you dropping by...

Susie :o)

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