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With over 600 submissions, poets from around the world put their pens to paper to create this anthology, enthused by a common goal to raise money for the charity, MIND. With poems focusing on mental health from a wide range of experiences, this book aims to continue the worldwide conversation about mental health.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published February 8th 2018 by Createspace
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Dane Cobain
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free.

I’m not really sure what it would take for a poetry book to get a five out of five for me, but this one was pretty damn close. It’s a stunning collection of dozens of different poets all writing about mental health issues, and proceeds from the anthology are put towards Mind, the mental health charity.

What I liked about this collection is that there’s such a diverse selection of poetry covering all kinds of different subj
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Linda Hill
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With a wide range of topics covered, Please Hear What I’m Not Saying has a poem for every reader and every emotion.

As soon as I began reading I realised that Please Hear What I’m Not Saying is no ordinary anthology. There are eight sections and the reader is encouraged to give them titles themselves so that reading the poems is an active process rather than the passive one reading can be.

I love the idea that this collection has come from a wide range of poets in support of the charity Mind as I’
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Helen
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, poetry
Depression is a bird with brain damage from slamming into your dining room window, over - slam - and over - slam - again...

When you think it has stopped, when you think that it has realised that it cannot keep going, it hits so hard that everything shatters.

Trigger warnings for mentions of self harm within this review.

Please Hear What I'm Not Saying is a really thought-provoking, interesting anthology of works from a huge range of poets. The contributors to this collection are of a variety of
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Jan
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I must mention first that two of my own poems are in this collection, but with so many other poets included I think I can still post a review. The book is excellent, and Isabelle Kenyon has done a remarkable thing in bringing together so many who have experienced mental health challenges but wish to be defined, not by that, but by our creativity in the face of it. The book is full of beauty and pain, struggle and overcoming - and for those who call themselves experts and therapists, mindblowing ...more
Lexi Vranick
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm so grateful to have a piece in this beautiful collection.

Every poet who contributed offered up pieces of themselves in poetry, and it truly shines through. From start to finish, I could barely put this book down. Every voice is so unique and distinct. It's wonderful to have a chance to see so many different perspectives of mental illness. Seeing people lay their hearts out so honestly is humbling. There is so much gorgeous talent in this book, and it was but together for an incredible cause.
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Juliette vanderMolen
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It has been nearly a year since Isabelle Kenyon compiled and edited the poetry anthology Please Hear What I’m Not Saying and it is as relevant today as it was on the first day of publication. I wish that we didn’t have to say that mental illness was timeless, that somehow these illnesses would find cures so that people wouldn’t have to suffer from them. I wish that we would be able to look from the future into the past and wonder at how people survived these kinds of difficulties. Though all of ...more
Katie
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘Please Hear What I’m Not Saying‘ is an anthology of mental health themed poetry, with the proceeds going to UK Mental Health charity Mind. With many poets from varying backgrounds, the writing tackles numerous subjects: isolation, phone calls, hospital stays, parental concerns, and in poem ‘Dyslexic I am not’ by Barry Fentiman Hall, a diagnosis, and disorders: anorexia, OCD, dementia, to name but a few.



Some of the poets included were familiar to me: CR Smith, Linda Crate, Melissa Jennings, and
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Sue Mackrell
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Review of Please Hear What I’m Not Saying, a poetry collection compiled and edited by Isabelle Kenyon. All profits go to MIND. Runner up for Best Anthology (Saboteur Awards 2018)

Words are powerful and these words are more powerful than most. They burst through the gaps and silences surrounding mental health with brutal and searing honesty.

It is sometimes said that creativity comes from a dark place, forged from an intense sensitivity to the highs and lows of what it is to be human. It is certai
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Leila Tualla
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As a whole, it's absolutely painfully breathtaking. Dark and gritty in the beginning, and something akin to hope by the end.
As Kenyon states the hope is that you find light at the end of the tunnel.
But I found much more than that.
I found that in the darkness, there is bravery to continue, to press on. And towards the end, there is victory to getting up each day. Victory no matter how small. No matter how weathered we look, there is victory that we have endured....or are enduring. So as I caref
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Jeremy Mifsud
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This anthology was so well-rounded! There is a vast variety of mental illnesses that are talked about from several perspectives: individuals who go through these experiences and relatives as well. The anthology features more than a hundred poets from across the global, adding to the diversity of this collection. I will definitely keep this one on my shelf and re-read a lot of the poems which I found to be so candid and touching! I look forward to reading future anthologies edited by Isabelle Ken ...more
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Young poet based in the UK.
Editor of MIND Poetry Project 'Please Hear What I'm Not Saying'.
Author of 'This is not a Spectacle'.
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