Latest drawing

I’ve begun a draft of the introduction to the poems and illustrations in a poetry collection I am working towards, which will be published by Waterloo Press. It would be great to have your comments and responses to the following reflections on the themes within this work.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how families ‘create schizophrenia’; or create the conditions in which the display of behaviour defined as ‘mad’ becomes the only seeming way out. Examining how madness has passed down the generations, I came up with the stanza below for a poem on fatherhood.

We look into the shady darkness of each others’ failings
like penguins sidling up to each other, sharing mirrors;
clipped wings bristling, wondering who we are
when the morning rain comes to drench our genes.

The accompanying image is a mix of the absurd and something more distressing, perhaps. A mouth-less man’s face appears, one eye crossed out; below him two Emperor penguins perched between an amoeba. A distorted sun is setting below the fatherhood horizon. More faces emerge to witness this strange confrontation.


About Knitting Time: art and poetry on the theme of psychosis

'Knitting Time: a journey through loss' is a poetry and visual arts project reflecting on the theme of art and psychosis. A book and exhibition of the work is due to be launched at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex on 10 October 2013 to celebrate World Mental Health Day. During this research and development phase I want to gather responses, thoughts, recollections and comments, so please fill in my surveymonkey at and add your let me know what you think? Or feel free to email me via knitting-time [at]
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2 Responses to Latest drawing

  1. Yes you’re right it is a meeting across a great divide. A small space but somehow unbridgeable, it seems, a lot of the time

  2. detrich says:

    is confrontation the right word here. There are certainly meetings. There is also a feeling of witnessing. I like the fatherhood stanza. I’m sure it must be interesting for you – a father with a father who has a son looking at a son.

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