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Letters to My Lover From Behind Asylum Walls

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A modern gothic tale in the form of missive poetry, written by Sweet Jane to her lover, Eleanor. Through letters recounting the dark secret that lead to Sweet Jane being committed, Sinclair discusses issues of mental illness, trauma, and identity.
Paperback, First, 74 pages
Published October 11th 2018 by Cosmographia Books
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Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book of poetry is exceptional! So-much-so, that I had to put it down to reflect on the powerful words it contains when I was just about half way through. I put it down for a week, then read it from the beginning, and again was submerged in this book to the point of chills, smiles and tears, both happy and sad. Loved it!

The reviews written for this book by, Kristi Carter, Tanya Singh & G.E. Schwartz (all whom are authors) express with perfect words the exceptional quality of Ms. Sinclair's w
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Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What to read when you experience the loss of a loved one...
I've lost my beloved father this August, and I wasn't sure what my first read after that loss could be.
It is deeply intimate to read the letters of a person who suffers, who experiences a loss; The loss of a loved one, the loss of self.
I will be rereading those letters, especially now that the autumn has just arrived.
Stunning work, Robin!
Thank you!
The poetry was dark and dreamlike and gritty. The story had me on edge the whole time. Reading Letters felt like trying to assemble a puzzle. I LOVED that Sinclair didn't shy away from difficult topics like violence in the mentally ill. I am about to give it a re-read!

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This book was deep. It's crazy because I was getting Edgar Allen Poe Vibes. I felt the authors pain, confusion, and sorrows from being in a place that treated humans like animals. Also, the resentment of being away from a loved one.
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Robin Sinclair (they/them) is a queer, genderqueer writer of mixed heritage and mixed emotions. When not isolated due to a pandemic, they live on the road, traveling to readings, meeting people, and sharing stories. Robin performs at open mics, book stores, as a feature, at libraries, in bars, coffee shops, basements, in alleyways, cemeteries, closets, or anywhere else poetry can happen. And poetr ...more

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