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By Laura May

ISBN: 978-1-84991-463-5
Published: 2011
Pages: 85
Key Themes: Mental Health, Poetry, Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder


“These words, they are all I have, and even when I try to stop my hand, try to cease, end, cut, they flow, unruly, before me, and I know, they are vital.” – From Vital, by Laura May

‘Vital’ is the second collection of poetry from Laura May, a young woman tackling bipolar and borderline personality disorder. Through her creative writing, May unlocks a world of enchantment and honesty, addressing a range of issues from suicide to self harm and recovery. This collection will take you on a poetic journey of life, leading to hope.

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

You are uninvited

My dreams are not a place
where you would want
to lurk for too long,
You cannot wander within them

full of innocence,
You might never wake up.

In my dreams, I am often
a bloated, unrecognisable carcass,
and I am cradling
my own slack jaw,
Trying to revive myself.

In my dreams, each touch,
smell, sound, rape,
seems so real,
I can feel weight against me,
Hear the breathing of whales,
Before my own
bring me out of it.


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