Poetry of the Insane

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Poetry of the Insane

Postby harry ashburn » Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:41 pm

Poetry of the Insane http://www.weirduniverse.net/
While he was attending physician at the Illinois State Hospital for the Insane, Dr. Charles Mayos collected poems that were written by his patients. Of course, all poets are a bit insane, but the ones that interested him were actually locked up and labeled psychotic. Eventually, in 1933, he published a collection of this verse in a book he titled Poetry of the Insane. [St. Petersburg Times]

The publisher mustn't have thought there was a large market for such a book, because only 300 copies of it were printed , which now makes it quite rare — and valuable. Copies fetch up to $200.

I've never got my hands on a copy of the book. (Not willing to pay that much for it.) Below is the only poem from it I can find online. I've read much worse poetry from people who are supposedly sane.

by Anonymous

The hue of sorrow everywhere
The jagged rocks seem marble tombs,
Yet through the barren waste way over there,
A lily blooms.

As up the rugged heights revealed,
I creep, and deem the world as wrong;
A singer trills above the love unsealed,
His mating song.

I pierce the gloom with purer eyes,
For here I know that Heaven is —
I yield my empty self and realize
These are all His.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Feb 15, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Books, 1930's
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Re: Poetry of the Insane

Postby Hammer of Los » Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:32 am


Thanks Harry.

What the gild? And what the lily?

What happened to me Harry?

Don't answer that.

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