Poetry has always been bound up with ideas of endurance, redemption, consolation, and survival, and it's one of the best antidotes to depression.
These poems celebrate individual courage in resisting the ravages of psychological trauma, induced by both external events and mental breakdown. The selection moves from alienation and causes of madness to the nadir, through to healing, recovery and hope after despair.
Peter Forbes is a writer, journalist, and editor. He was editor of Poetry Review, Britain's leading poetry magazine, from 1986 to 2002. His anthology Scanning the Century: The Penguin Book of the Twentieth Century in Poetry (1999) was widely acclaimed. He translated Primo Levi's personal anthology, The Search for Roots, published by Penguin Press in 2001.