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The Day Hospital

Authors: Sally Read

Published by Bloodaxe Books

ISBN: 9781852249489

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The Day Hospital is Sally Read's third poetry collection from Bloodaxe. The collection draws from Sally Read's experiences as a community psychiatric nurse in central London, it includes twleve monologues in the voices of patients suffering from schizophrenia, dementia, depression and anxiety. The poems paint an authentic and moving portrait of the capital, with monologues that make us privvy to entire lives through a poetic voice that is at once brutally realistic, and beautifully realised. Above all, these poems give marvellous expression to people whose speech, memory, and coherence is often marred by illness. The result is a stunning insight into other people’s stories, and how we may come to measure our own.

‘Direct, searing, and very, very truthful’ – Bonnie Greer.

'Read defines herself by her risks…violence and elegance walk hand in hand – her style is not unlike that of Plath's middle period. There is real pleasure in the disparity between her light lyric touch and the menacing and /or visceral description she frequently employs; she disarmed this reader and defied the expectation' –Kathryn Gray, Magma

‘A marvellous book, bringing together poignant and lyrical meditations on love, mortality, art, healing and the Italian landscape in poems of fine judgement and a true poet’s skill. The Point of Splitting marks the debut of an accomplished writer, not only one to watch, but one to read now, for her wit, craft, and clear vision’ – John Burnside.

Sally Read was born in Suffolk in 1971. She recieved an Eric Gregory Award in 2001, she had three poetry collections with Bloodaxe; The Point of Splitting (2005), which was shortlisted for the Jerwood-Alderburgh First Collection Prize, Broken Sleep (2009) and The Day Hospital (2012). She has been published in numerous anthologies and a selected poems in Italian is forthcoming.  She is currently poet in residence of the Hermitage of the Three Holy Hierachs


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