Sanity Inhibits Wisdom


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Like a Lawnmower Cutting Heads off Daisies
By Emu Camel Drum

ISBN: 978-1-84747-453-7
Published: 2008
Pages: 276
Key Themes: poetry, psychosis, female experience, motherhood, hope


My mother raised her children on Scandinavian and German literature. I had a happy childhood and was thought imaginative. When I learnt English, I wrote poetry to help me. I already spoke two languages and English was my play language. I did not take school seriously as it was all in English. These are poems I have written over 19 years of not getting a career and being broke. They are 87 percent chronological. I tried to have an interesting life so that they would not all sound the same. Writing poems gave me the courage to meet with peculiar situations and solve them in ways inspired by music, individuals or cultures no one knew about. I thought it would be amusing if the protagonists of my poems had no regard for monetary gain whatsoever. Emu Camel Drum

About the Author

I grew up in Italy raised by German migrants. My fathers airline company transferred us to England when I was 10. From age 12-19 I took planes to Italy, Germany, Japan, the USA and Sri Lanka, staying with friends. When my father died I saw it my mission to prove madness is circumstantial and not clinical.

I had a few years to prove it before I would give up. I burnt holes in my CV and taught myself to speak in a way as to lay no recourse on established thought and be intelligible only to the hopeful. Certain gaps were caused by lack of exposure to optimism. I lived on state benefits and raised children. These were removed from my care as I was unable to explain what I was doing with them. I hope they will be returned to me soon.


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