Archives for February 2015

#Poetry Rollercoaster #bipolar

I’ve been asked a lot lately about my poetry – that I’ve written, published and unpublished.  I’m going to find it a bit difficult to lay my hands on some of it that I wrote for Uni, but I’ve said I’d do my best. But for a start, I present for your enjoyment, Rollercoasters. Dual bands of purple fading scratches on my hand rollercoaster tracks I ride every day Up, up, tick, tock breathless the plateau runs a rhythm tree-climb, slows till, each day is a blink a kaleidoscope of edges and control that melts inhibitions and reality a breath…

Illness, catching up, and my 2015 roadmap

These last few months have been incredibly rough on me and my family.  It all started last August, when I came home from a visit to Edinburgh and suddenly (like a switch flipped),  my meds stopped working, and I couldn’t sleep. I’m bipolar, and take quite strong medication to balance out my mood – Seroquel’s most common side effect is twofold.  One, when they’re working, they make people sleepy – it’s a sort of antihiystamine style effect that my psych and mental health nurse told me would always happen.  The second is that withdrawl.  For me that means temperatures, the…