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Poets on Prozac : mental illness, treatment, and the creative process

Author: Richard M Berlin
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Poets on Prozac shatters the notion that madness fuels creativity by giving voice to contemporary poets who have battled myriad psychiatric disorders, including depression, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse." "The sixteen essays collected here address many provocative questions: Does emotional distress inspire great work? Is artistry enhanced or diminished by mental illness? What  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Personal Narrative
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Richard M Berlin
ISBN: 9780801888397 0801888395
OCLC Number: 171258249
Awards: Association of American Publishers PROSE Award, 2008.
Description: xiii, 181 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Dark gifts / Gwyneth Lewis --
The desire to think clearly / J.D. Smith --
A crab, an eggplant, a tree, a goldfish, a cow, an apple, a candle : a therapist / Denise Duhamel --
Perfecting the art of falling / Thomas Krampf --
My name is not Alice / Ren Powell --
My oldest voice / Jesse Millner --
How I learned to count to four and live with the ghosts of animals / Vanessa Haley --
The uses of depression : the way around is through / David Budbill --
In the middle of life's journey / Jack Coulehan --
Basic heart : depression and the ordinary / Renee Ashley --
Food for thought / Caterina Eppolito --
From bog to crystal / Barbara F. Lefcowitz --
In the country of motherhood / Martha Silano --
Down the tracks : Bruce Springsteen sang to me / Liza Porter --
Chemical Zen / Andrew Hudgins --
Psychopharmacology and its discontents / Chase Twichell.
Responsibility: edited by Richard M. Berlin.
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Shatters the notion that madness fuels creativity. This work features sixteen essays that address questions such as: Does emotional distress inspire great work? Is artistry enhanced or diminished by  Read more...

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A fascinating collection of 16 essays, as insightful as they are compulsively readable. * Publishers Weekly (starred review) * All agree that the sick brain often spells catastrophe for the creative Read more...

 
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Donated by Dr. Rick Fraser, 2015. Each story in this book has a common theme and a different tone. On one level, they deal with the altered mind and how it copes with the world we see as normal. On another, it raises the issue of how artistic creativity may relate to the alteration noted above. And on...
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