Corinna West, “Your Only Flavor is Vanilla”

This is a poem about the positives of having schizophrenia. It is about some of the interesting metaphysical experiences I have had. Schizophrenia to me feels like free drugs and it’s something that people shouldn’t fear or pity. It’s just another way to walk the room, it’s just how my brain works. This poem was . . . → Read More: Corinna West, “Your Only Flavor is Vanilla”

Montrez Jones, “Untitled”

Montrez Jones of Central High School performs a spoken word poetry piece about respecting one’s dad even through different stuggles including mental health issues. Recorded at the Teen Poetry Slam at the Blue Room in the Historic Jazz District at 18th and Vine. This was a selection slam for Kansas City’s Brave New Voices national . . . → Read More: Montrez Jones, “Untitled”

My poems got through my first night in jail

Anonymous

As a person with mental illness, I was deeply troubled for a long time, and now I’m not. When things were not going well at all for me, I lost hope. I decided that there was “nothing left,” and made several suicide attempts. One of them was an attempt at suicide by cop, where . . . → Read More: My poems got through my first night in jail