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A Knowable World

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A Knowable World follows Sarah Wardle's detainment in a Central London psychiatric hospital for over a year for manic episodes of bipolar disorder. The poems chart the stresses of thirty-something city life through police arrests and hospitalization under section orders to achieve a way out; then the threat and frustration involved in the fight for liberty and the patience ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Bloodaxe Books (first published April 30th 2009)
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Mar 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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This is a remarkable book: I set out last night to read the first few poems and ended up at 1 am, profoundly moved and disturbed, having read the whole collection.

At the top level, this collection describes the author's experience of mental collapse, treatment and eventual recovery and stability. But it is more. Though the poems are intensely personal, the author's cool and slightly detached voice gives them a degree of universality that might otherwise have been missing.

This is helped tremendou
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