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Dear Alice: Narratives of Madness
by Tom Pow
Tom Pow's powerful new collection of poetry explores the imaginative legacy of a nineteenth-century lunatic asylum, the Crichton, drawing on the richly-documented history of the site. This remarkable book includes the sequence 'Resistances' gathered from female patients' notes, but Pow brings many others within his compass: Nebuchadnezzar, Tom Thumb, Peter Pan, Charcot ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published February 14th 2008 by Salt Publishing
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Normally nowadays I dont read books of poetry. Especially those published by Salt of which I have only three now cos they are so expensive and not to my taste. But I know Tom Pow as a fine Scottish poet and being myself psychotic and having a father who was consigned for treatment to the Crichton, the asylum of the poems, after his wartime breakdown which destroyed his life I had no choice but to buy the book. Tom Pow has a very fine command of English as a poet and transcribes events superbly. ...more
Tom Pow was born in Edinburgh in 1950. Primarily a poet, several of his collections have won awards and three of his poetry collections have been short-listed for Scottish Book of the Year. Most recently, Dear Alice – Narratives of Madness (Salt Publishing) won the poetry category in the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust’s Scottish Book Awards in 2009. He has also written young adult novels, ...moreMore about Tom Pow...