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Published 2009 by Auckland University Press

ISBN: 9781869404468

Soft cover (pictorial card); 86pp

Portraying a parent’s experience of coming to terms with the new and frightening world of mental health care, this narrative explores the myriad foreign ways of diagnosis and treatment. Written from a mother’s perspective, the poetic sequence displays the anguish and complexity of dealing with mental illness, describing the events of an ordinary family—the numerous visits to doctors, the treatments that don’t work, and the people who suddenly have answers and heartbreaking histories of their own to tell. At the heart of the book lies an outstanding set of poems about electroconvulsive therapy, leading up to a concluding revelation that mental illness may have no solutions, but there are ways of living with it. As stark and powerful as it is healing and illuminating, this is a groundbreaking addition to the field of New Zealand poetry.

"These poems are born out of maternal agony, strength, fear and love . . . The language darts and lifts and falls in order to move and astound"– Paula Green, NZ Herald

Jessica Le Bas’s first collection, Incognito,won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Award for the Best First Book of Poetry at the 2008 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. She won the New Zealand Poetry Society’s International Poetry Competition (2003) and the 2005 Bravado Poetry Competition for her poem ‘Walking to Africa’, and received a New Zealand Mental Health Foundation Media Grant in 2007 to write the book Walking to Africa. Le Bas has been a teacher, private secretary to a Minister in the Beehive, worked for the United Nations during the Balkan War as a training consultant and currently writes full time in Nelson, New Zealand.

Second-hand book in Ex condition. Light vertical crease to back cover. Pristine internally

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