John Hewitt approached us recently asking if we could share some of his work. He has experienced mental health challenges and found that poetry has helped him express, explore and overcome some of the struggles involved.
I started writing poetry when I was about 11 years old when I heard the voices in my head. Poetry was the thing that kept me going and helped me express how I felt.
Tools we use to escape, Alienated for the last time, I’m recharging on cherries, Aces are wild
This poem draws on a memory of working at Redhall Nurseries, a project owned by the Scottish Association for Mental Health. It was a perfect autumn day and the work and outdoor setting led to a feeling of being fully present and alive whilst having a connection to the past.
Neil Hilborn is a slam poet who draws on his experience of OCD and bi-polar, delivering poems with a unique energy and perspective.
I had a friend that committed suicide. For years, when I’d think of him, I’d cry. I cried because he was such a bright light, a sensitive and loving soul and he couldn’t see it.