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Postcards From The Asylum #7

By rosie42  
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David, the doctor's son,
gets big yellow smile boxes
full of comfort foods
for a boy who is shut in:

broth of oblivion,
stress-control jelly beans,
immaculate consumption
chocobilly bars.

David's dad is rich.
He sends boxes tied
up with ribbon and guilt.
It's written all over them.

When David won't get up
off the brown linoleum,
his dad sends him
Boredom Buster packages
full of original size
Rubicks' cubes
and lots of wrapping.

David wants a clean white
“Get Well Away” box
with a flame-coloured
hot-water bottle
ouch bubblegum bandaids
a large box of tissues
and an old teddy bear.

But the doctor sends him
“Dandy Doctor” bags
with male nurse action figures
because they're cute
and come with their own
stethoscopes and a fistful
of gold chocolate coins.


The seventh 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 #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

Voters: motoads, User_Removed, SlowSong and 22 more


Joline Plus
13 30 54 United States
9 Dec 2008 12:23PM
This is especially poignant. You are doing a fantastic job with this series. (thank heavens for phamacology)

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skye1 12 29 4 Wales
9 Dec 2008 1:20PM
Very powerful image with that teddy bear just dropped there, excellent capture - they work really well with them poems - I have just had a look through the others as I had not seen them before all very powerful and moving images but this one has so much impact which I believe is because of the bear.
Jestertheclown 11 8.0k 252 England
9 Dec 2008 1:56PM
Another great shot. The light falling on, and the shadows from, the teddy bear draw your eyes into the rest of the picture.
Please keep them coming.
(I've ordered a copy of Karen Knight's book. It's now out of print.
The only one I could track down is coming from Germany!)
david deveson 15 62 2 Italy
9 Dec 2008 4:16PM
Another beautiful interpretation... I see Bren's book is coming from germany while mine is winging its way from Australia... small world.
rontear Plus
16 21 8 England
9 Dec 2008 7:56PM
Creative excellence Susie, superb use of light/composition. Ron.
9 Dec 2008 9:54PM
exquisite lighting terrific again
rosie42 15 7 Australia
10 Dec 2008 7:58AM
Thank you for visiting Joline, Lorraine, Bren, David, Ron and Steve! (And yes, Karen's books are very well travelled!)

Susie :o)
jenquest 17 561 1 Tokelau
29 Dec 2008 9:53AM
Another great image. The comp. is ace. The teddy adds some melancholy to this one.
rosie42 15 7 Australia
29 Dec 2008 10:07AM
Cheers Shaks - good of you to drop by...

Susie :o)

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