Breaking Down and Poetry


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By Maureen Oliver

ISBN: 978-1-84747-121-5
Published: 2007
Pages: 129
Key Themes: schizo-affective disorder, depression, activism, spirituality, diary


This is a collection of Maureens first two books – Breaking Down and Poetry, both first published as e-books and now available for the first time in paperback.

Breaking Down

Breaking Down is the personal record of a psychotic breakdown. The author was, at the time, a single mother and lesbian activist campaigning vigorously for gay rights. She faithfully recorded her visions and voices, and the diary shows her desperate attempt to make sense of, and to survive, mental disintegration and schizophrenia.

This inspiring collection of poems was written over a twenty-five year period and documents the experiences and thoughts of Maureen during this most tumultuous period of her life. Her poems are warm and her language elegant. In the new genre of mad poetry this is a key collection, written by one of its main exponents.

About the Author

Maureen Oliver is a lesbian artist and poet, a mother and grandmother, and a psychiatric survivor with a current diagnosis of Schizoaffective Disorder.


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