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By Laura May

ISBN: 978-1-84991-899-2
Published: 2013
Pages: 66
Key Themes: Mental Health, Poetry, Bipolar, BPD


In this third collection, Laura May explores the theme of Agape love, weaving a picture of life and all its daily beauty and sadness. Building on her own experiences of living with a mental health diagnosis of bipolar and BPD, May challenges prejudices around mental illness and brings to light some important issues.

“I feel I have come a long way on my journey to recovery since my first collection, ‘The Shallows’. But I still have a winding road ahead of me, and this book explores that in depth: the chance, the possibility, of a future.”

– Laura May

This compilation of work from Laura May is a thoughtful collection of emotions expressed through poetry.

About the Author

Born in 1983, Laura May is the oldest of six children, and always felt a bit ‘different’. In 2008, after ten years of being treated for a range of mental health issues, Laura was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, and subsequently discovered she has Borderline Personality Disorder.

Over the past eleven years, Laura has experienced suicide attempts, psychotic episodes and several bouts of extreme depression and mania, all of which she has tackled through her creative writing.

Laura May now works as a full time marketing executive, and possesses a degree in English Literature from the University of Hull. Laura lives in Essex with her wife and their ‘babies’, the many cats and dogs. Find out more about Laura May at

Book Extract

Ate My Heart

Perhaps I look good?
Good enough
to eat?
It seems so.

Am I a delicacy?
My heart,
Can be carved easily these days.

Perhaps the giddy
Scent of weakness
Was too much,
Just too much?

Because in she
ducking and diving,
a majestic bird.

Like a monster,
She ate my heart,
Plucked it from its bed,
Held it in her teeth,

Like a fiend,
She licked her lips,
Tasted my blood,
Enjoyed the last
thumping beats,

Of a heart,
My heart,
Not made
For this sweet world.


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