My thanks to Sally Cronin for her wonderful review of The New Asylum. It takes an outside perspective, sometimes to help the author make best sense of what they have done in writing their book (or poetry collection, in my case). Reviewers like Sally help me to understand my own work just a little better, sometimes.
Thank you so much Sally .
I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the previous two books by Frank Prem and eagerly awaited his latest collection The New Asylum: a memoir of psychiatry
About the collection
The New Asylum is the third volume in a series of free-verse poetry anthologies and personal memoirs from Australian author Frank Prem (Small Town Kid, Devil In The Wind).
This collection is an exposé of life in the public psychiatric system, spanning five decades and describing sometimes graphically, sometimes ironically, often poignantly, and always honestly, a search for meaning in extraordinary and often incomprehensible circumstances.
The journey begins with childhood experiences of watching immigrant parents earn their living in the Mayday Hills Mental Asylum… progresses through the oddities and antics of psychiatric nurse training in the 1970s… on to the high-pressure coalface of managing regional centres facing an inundation of modern urban challenges… and finally, settles into…
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