By Guy Wilgress Hudson
Key Themes: Mental Health, Poetry, Illustration, Journal
One mans odyssey through a Carrollian window to the shady depths of his domestic well. A map upon which to follow the myopic meanderings of a fool, dispensing with pearls of wisdom along the way. Illustrative and Burlesque it captures one mans journey through heavens to a hell reminiscent of Alice in wonderlands epic landscape of the mind.
By Simone Gordon BA
About the Author
The Watchman was the brain child of my psychiatrist. We discussed some
poetry, that of Poet and Writer, Ben Okri I think. My good Doctor suggested
I might keep a poetic Journal. I said I would have a go. This is the journal as
I kept it page by page. It was hand written in a book presented to me as a
I deliberated from the beginning on the process of keeping and maintaining
a journal and to attempt to introduce a hopefully poetic edge to the time I
was spending living out my existence. I noticed that I had a writing practice
of always beginning the session at the top of the next clean page and double
spacing my lines. The lines were all short with little use of punctuation. I
tended to write no more than about ten lines per page.
The more I subjected control; the more it became difficult to maintain control.
I dispensed with reading over lines and then entire pages. The only time I
recall reading through the journal was on the hoof and read aloud to various
friends I loved and occasionally stayed with.
Later I typed out and edited each individual page and began to add
illustrations to the printed A4 Pages that I affectionately call my Doodles.
As the project was nearing completion I was referring to The Watchman as a
work of spontaneous Perfectionism.