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Survivors Poetry aim to publish and promote poetry by survivors; supporting and developing survivor poets and establishing communication networks; making connections between creativity and mental health. This blog contains notes from contributors to the survivors network.

Wendy Young is proud of her mate Anita on Question Time and posts a poem called STARS!

25 June 2013

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Star Picture

My dear friend Anita (she of T'Anita in Perpetua/ar thar cummin art t'neet Anita? fame - a tribute from me to her stamina) would not be ignored when she was in the audience of Question Time 20/6/13 when she challenged Boris the Mare sorry Mayor re extortionate renting in London.  He bumbled, she rumbled , he crumbled, she humbled him and I was so proud, she was loud but how else can we be heard!  STARS Of which we all are S.T.A.R plural I wink back At the twinkling...

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Wendy Young is Swung Low!

4 July 2013

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Pendulum swings above victim

I do a job which consists of helping people, tasking for superiors, and general dogsbody to ease their stress when what I need is all of that, those, this? Here's a poem I read at Survivors one night....and keep going back to!! Swing Low Sweet Iscariot The pendulum that’s been swinging above us Has neared the time of decision And come to cut off our heads It’s sliced at our necks It’s scalped us slow Swung us high Swung us low Jargon junta munchers Wafting Business...

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Wendy Young's Ghost Leaves and Peat..

5 July 2013

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Frosted leaves

 I don't know where this poem came from but probably embedded in my subconscious on a walk when I couldn't take a dying tree home so a poem is homage to the sadness of dying trees but the wonder of nature to rise up and live again.   Ghost Leaves and Peat Frost making frosted edges frosted veins Making ghost leaves Freezy cold water making arsicles of us washing our bums in the stream in winter Birch bark shed like a silvery snake leaves slivery Peat dry and soft...

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Wendy Young and Dave Russell and John Cooper Clarke and high brow bollox

20 August 2013

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John Cooper Clarke Laughing

"Do you feel some poetry events appear highbrow and intellectual and pretentious....don't be put off!" were my mentor Dave Russell's wise words that went through my head after doing an open mic where my stuff didn't seem to fit in... even the whoops and applause I got for Celebacy seemed insignificant for my second round... I think I'm threatened by the 'show, don't tell' mob. Then I got home and John Cooper Clarke was speaking to me through the...

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Wendy Young is thinking of her mother's dignity, the dignity of nature and wants to share a poem about her late Mother, Jenny, inspired by a robin singing in the darkness against all odds...

16 July 2013

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Empty Nest

...who fought and fought but in the end was let down..I wish I could have her back to tell her how amazing she was. A Bird in the Dark As I walked home from familiar Hospital grounds, sounds of thrilling song, stopped me in my tracks Echoing all around Holding me in awe was A little bird so vulnerable But clever to hide And strong enough to drown Hospital trolleys Striking stone floors And the shouts of a teenager so into himself Hidden in a tree Singing above it all Little bird you reminded...

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Wendy Young was blown away by Time Attendant and Sarah Angliss at the Horse Hospital on Friday...

22 July 2013

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Sarah Angliss plays Theramin

Oh what a night Friday 20th July 2013!  I was blown away by Time Attendant who seems to have a link to my solar plexus...I bought his EP on the night and 2nd track 1st side (Wisteria Albion) made me cry, it's music to die to.  Sarah Angliss is a robotic and music electronica personifica!  In the cosy atmosphere of the Horse Hospital I felt at home watching her play a multitude of instruments (including a saw), operate robots and do a sweet version of Popcorn by Hot Butter...

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Wendy Young woke to a ring of pink hue and was taken aback, on discovering mornings were great

30 July 2013

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Masada Sunrise

Sigh, July, Why? You see a pink circle of light Surrounding the City Reminding you when you felt whole at last Raking a cotton field in the Haifa Valley Feeling part of it all Surrounded by the hills And watching the sun rise like a giant pink grapefruit Spreading and colouring the earth At last waking up - it only took 20 years! Good to be alive until the humidity hits And you sink into a drenched sweaty office Praying the cool morning will stay - like you did back then - trying to...

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Wendy Young isn't feeling groovy...family issues make her gloomy...speaking out kicks you out but.....

29 August 2013

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Male Flamenco Singer

'to be silent is to die' - so sayeth a wise flamenco singer in Seville (BBC4 Sunday 9pm) but parents, siblings and extended have killed my duende.  I learned some flamenco and seeing this programme just fired me up, however, 'MY KNEES, WON'T LET ME'.  However, performing poetry does give me a sense of being 'alive' and if only my family were communicative......in the right way. My father should have been a flamenco singer His shouts echo in...

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Wendy Young has started this about 10 times...how do I say LISTEN

5 September 2013

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Terracotta Army

..because no matter how many times I have tried, I end up with mud on my face, threats, dismayed, disheartened, lost, alone.  All because I keep my trap shut and when I open it, the truth comes out.  So what else can I do but express myself in a poem..but is it myself, am I expressing someone else?  Am I just asking for trouble?  It's serious but I can't help a flippant title! Gruffalo Soldier You Nephew No higher Than a Terracotta warrior And...

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Wendy Young wants to help Kensal Rise Library and finds some interesting history about Mark Twain and Nikolai Tesla

4 October 2013

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Mark Twain in Nikola Tesla’s lab

Tesla being the unsung 'father of electricity' and Mark Twain being a good human being they did meet and a picture is attached of MT in NT's lab!......I'm sure I don't have explain what a catastrophe losing local libraries is, unless you are for the Tesco type hyperlibrary we are being offered.  Kensal Rise was opened by MARK TWAIN and I was inspired to write this poem in honour of him and the libary which served me well as a haven and sancutary when I needed...

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Wendy Young eulogises her home town....RIP My Home Town...more blood and bricks are laid down

17 October 2013

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picture of collapsing building

I shouldn't go back there - even in the online pages of the local chronicle.  I know I'll be getting airiated about some new story and find that bit by bit by blow by blow how the soul has been ripped out and replaced with....nothing. Whoopee only this number of murders compared with the next town... only these amounts of muggings in comparison.  And now, the Market that has always been an empty, souless monstrosity but better than homogenised shopping for automatons...

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Wendy Young has stuff to get off her chest and the gun in her back held by Santa Clause

26 November 2013

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Bad Elf

I did draw a picture of Santa holding a gun in my back in the supermarket at Christmas time a few years ago when I was going through a particularly bad time and overwhelmed by shelves of monotony that were supposed to make X time better.  I remember crying in the aisle, feeling lost, feeling like my mother, thinking 'I don't know what to buy... I don't know what to do... I hate Xmas... I hate the pressure of what I'm supposed to do at this time of...

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Poetician Wendy Young and the 51st State of the D Hell of A! (And the Tax Office)

26 November 2013

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Hand rail

Got a nice complicated breakdown from those nice people at the tax office who wrote to tell me I owe them £157.60 as I had two employers a couple of years ago. Well, I wouldn't want the country to fall down because of my debt so I enquired how so I owe this amount?  Apparently I claimed some benefit (60 odd pound a week) when I couldn't work and couldn't get sick pay as I hadn't worked long enough. So added to my stress of a major op, being very ill, I...

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The Taxman Cometh for Wendy Young

6 December 2013

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hatchet

Hoping that I don't hold the country to ransom, guess I'll have to pay the tax on the benefit I received for just under 3 months in 2010.  It's too complicated to work out, all I know is I'm tired and weary and that's probably how they get you.

Mad (T)axeman

The Taxman Cometh

And I runneth

(not really - don't lock me up)

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Wendy Young found 'Break' in Suffolk and Norfolk

13 December 2013

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Break logo

Just want to share www.break-charity.org in the East of England - I discovered it because of my addiction to charity shops.  Charity Shops Sometimes they make me sad  as they are a link to the past -  seeing a nice tea set or dressing table,  glassware that must have been treasured for years  when people didn't have very much  now in a far corner of a far corner of England, town, street...  and certain clothes, ornaments I saw on my Aunty Kath's...

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Wendy Young is angry about The Rookes evil abuse of Craig Kinsella

7 January 2014

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Proud father watches son beat defenceless

Rooke by name, Rooks by nature The Rookes Took: a vulnerable man's dignity spirit he slept in a garage ate from the  bins made a scavenger by you who really are scavengers your fists and feet beat this man defenceless and needy like fierce creatures who peck and tear and devour their prey long may you pay David Rooke admitted false imprisonment and a number of counts of causing actual bodily harm. Jamie Rooke admitted affray and a number of counts of causing actual bodily harm....

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Wendy Young just wants to say Where have all the flowers gone? With Pete Seeger..

28 January 2014

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photo of Pete Seeger smiling at the camera, wearing a blue baseball hat

Just to mark the passing of a great man, singer of protest songs and all round good person, Pete Seeger with his great song -simple, touching and true..... Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing? Where have all the flowers gone, long time ago? Where have all the flowers gone? Young girls have picked them everyone. Oh, when will they ever learn? Oh, when will they ever learn? Where have all the young girls gone, long time passing? Where have all the young girls gone, long time ago?...

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Wendy Young and Valensigns

13 February 2014

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sign for love

I wanted to share a poem for Valentine's day with a bit of sign: Valensign Cross my arms Over my chest To say I love you In the US I prefer Sign UK Touch my heart In the English way Portugese Point my middle finger To my heart and point to you To say amo-te French J’taime I give you my heart German Ich leibe dich My crossed hands flutter from my heart...

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Wendy Young's Salome having a bad day!

11 February 2014

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Cameron Clegg

Roses are dead Violence is cool Bring me the head Of the Party that rules! And just to prove this: I was shouting at the radio this morning as they announced the Stuart Rose ex M&S head of whatever is to be brought in to advise NHS managers!!!  I could tell them - sling your hooks/go/sod off/too many chiefs etc!!  Why are they treating the NHS like a private enterprise?  Just what we need, run the NHS like a business!  Though I heard this on Radio 4 I must also stop...

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Simon Jenner reports on the sad loss of Xochitl Tuck

28 February 2013

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It’s difficult to encapsulate the past few months save in antiphonies: near disasters with real ones, brightly countered by new dawns and some sparkling paintwork. The most grievous loss from which it’s difficult to recover poise from is the death on 18th December last of Xochitl Tuck, our Events organizer from the early days, who presided over the Poetry Café and Tottenham Chances so unflinchingly that when she didn’t turn up on the12th December, the authorities were...

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Wendy Young on how she came to write poetry...or rather evolved to write poetry

20 June 2013

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I wrote 'Sea ‘scape Shuttle' whilst working in a Council office and there was such a lot of rattling and prattling going on from workers het up about meetings etc. that I covered my ears thinking what am I doing here (again) and these words just came into my head. Years after the event, I realise I have always tried to hide so that I don’t have to prove I am worth an existence. Sea ‘scape Shuttle I wish I’d been born at the bottom of the sea Nobody there to...

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Anthony Hurford shares his experience of Survivors' Poetry

21 July 2013

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watercolour depicting a yellow rod and a green serpent

I’ve always loved poetry, but have been woefully bad at knowing that, not to mention getting to know it. In fact part of my survivor journey has been about realising I love it and how important it is to me. Mad eh? Some people around me dismissed it and my liking for it, and most of the people that didn’t seemed quite clear that it might be beyond me – not everyone - but then it gets complicated, my lack of connection to it may be part of how I came to be a Survivor. Anyway, I...

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Dave Russell introduces an eloquent poem by Wilma Robertson on the prejudices faced by people with ME

30 July 2013

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drawing of a bald head with lots of rooms pictured inside the skull

This is is the fullest expression of the problems of ME I have encountered in poetic form. Though it is a widespread phenomenon, it is played down by the medical profession. It is often dismissed by the general public as hypochondria, as an excuse to avoid activity and responsibility. In the poem, Wilma emphasises the point that many people with ME are dedicated, hard-working souls who shirk nothing. 'Thoughts' gives articulation to the marginalised and silenced Thoughts Sometimes we...

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