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Denouement by Plath

Practice of Madness Magazine: I had no idea that my favorite poet and sharer of my birthday wrote a poem that shares my favorite word – “Denouement“.  Unlike Sylvia Plath’s most famous poems such as “Daddy” and &...
by Practice of Madness on Apr 1, 2014

“No, Not Sadness, Depression.” Submission By Wendy Madrigga

Practice of Madness Magazine:Guest Submission on the Bell Canada “Let’s Talk” Campaign By Wendy Madrigga (who can be contacted by clicking here) Editor’s note: I was one of the gripers.  The same campaign was done last year &...
by Practice of Madness on Feb 2, 2014

“Please Don’t Tell Me Anything Else, You’re Making Me Depressed.”

Have you heard these words come out of the mouth of a “friend” when telling him/her about events in your life?  I thought that friendship was all about such sharing of life experiences: the good, the bad, and the ugly.  I missed the not...
by Practice of Madness on Jan 28, 2014

Practice of Madness Magazine Presents: New American Poetry, Exclusive

I have slowly started receiving submissions of writing and artwork from you, my readers*.  Practice of Madness Magazine is, because of you, slowly working its way towards being a real magazine.  I dream of a print magazine, but I do not know of ma...
by Practice of Madness on Dec 9, 2013

Stigma and Antidepressants

I am collecting the stories of people like me who have been stigmatized - called names, shunned, harassed, etc. - by family, friends, and/or strangers because, like me, you take antidepressants and/or other psych meds so that you can live like a R...
by Practice of Madness on Nov 12, 2013

Poem for a Birthday by Sylvia Plath …on my birthday.

It is difficult to find a complete version of Sylvia Plath’s “Poem for a Birthday” online (I have transcribed it below).  The final epitaph, “The Stones”, is often given alone. I have read this poem on many birthdayR...
by Practice of Madness on Oct 27, 2013

A Day for a Mad Girl’s Love Song

This is one of my all-time favorite Sylvia Plath poems, right up there with “Poem for a Birthday”. Sylvia who shares my birthday as well as the ten -year cycles that she writes about in Lady Lazarus (I wonder if she had the three-year cyc...
by Practice of Madness on Sep 16, 2013

Goffman: Asylums Summary (Part One)

I was so damn naive during my freshman year in college. I was incredibly inspired by my sociology professor, which probably was the most influential force in my decision to study sociology for the next seven years.  He had a long grey ponytail.  Be...
by Practice of Madness on Sep 16, 2013

Organs in Main, John Li

Submission Number One , from John Li.  More of his work can be viewed here.  John is a fellow survivor and a Ph.D. student – so by default, he has more intestinal fortitude than I have… and a beautiful collection of thoughts and quotes.
by Practice of Madness on Sep 11, 2013

I Am Sorry My Sadness Makes You Uncomfortable

I'm not "fine". I'm not even okay and I'm certainly not good. What's worse is that I haven't felt that I have the right to feel anything less than "okay". I have felt as if I don't have the right to feel sad. I have been shamed for feeling sad. I hav...
by Practice of Madness on Jul 22, 2013

What is Your Favorite Word? (Dénouement)

The telegram says you have gone away And left our bankrupt circus on its town; There is nothing more for me to say. The maestro gives the singing birds their pay And they buy tickets for the tropic zone; The telegram says you have gone a...
by Practice of Madness on Jul 18, 2013

The American Hikikomori

The American Hikikomori Michael Orion Powell [Jennifer L. Reimer's thoughts on the topic, posthumously, appear in italicized brackets]   Hello Readers!  Welcome to my first post with Practice of Madness. Jen was kind enough to give me the opp...
by Practice of Madness on May 26, 2013

Did You Used to Be R.D. Laing? (full documentary)

For anyone else who needs a smile, have a great big belly laugh.  Famed existential psychotherapist and cultural hero R.D. Laing was a man of many talents.  It is hard for us, who have to make a choice.  People romanticize having a “calling&...
by Practice of Madness on Apr 30, 2013

April, Bipolar Women, and Persephone: Good News for Everyone…

…trickle down economics invent Sky Gods that throw paper down from storm clouds.  It turns out that invented Gods will not save a market in a “waning” phase.  ”Growth” is not supposed to be limitless, in fact, if it we...
by Practice of Madness on Apr 23, 2013

“in conversation with Native Son” (Guest Post)

Hello all, I am busy fundraising to cover the $1200 fee I must pay to publish my survivor memoir, Inkling, in early spring 2013.  Please note that for the next several months, the first post that will appear on the main page of Practice of Madness w...
by Practice of Madness on Jul 31, 2012
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