The S Factor (A Poem by Sandy Jeffs)

The S Factor For Heidi Sometimes Craziness creates a Heightened Illumination of the Zeitgeist Originality its Privilege Humour its Revenge Every outsider Nonconformist work of art is an Ingenious Act of lunacy. © Sandy Jeffs 2013 Sandy Jeffs is an Australian poet and community educator. Her memoir Flying with Paper Wings: Reflections on Living with Read the full article…

The Madwoman in This Poem (A Poem by Sandy Jeffs)

The Madwoman in This Poem After Bronwen Wallace The Madwoman in this poem Lives on the twenty-second floor Of a block of flats Her husband and children gone Each day she waits for a letter That never comes Her wrists carry a flurry of scars Her arms are dotted with cigarette burns Every day she Read the full article…

‘Medicated’ and ‘McMadness’ (Two Poems by Sandy Jeffs)

Medicated Roll up, roll up Join me on the medication trolley I’ve been on it for years I’ve been Largactiled with bitter syrup I’ve been Pimozided & Mellarilled & numbed I was so Stelazined I was like a cat on a hot tin roof I’ve been Modectated into a shuffle & Clozapined into a stupor Read the full article…

Cold Chemical Comfort (A Poem by Sandy Jeffs)

Cold Chemical Comfort After Wislawa Szymborska I’m an antipsychotic I mend broken minds Let me turn your paranoia into trust Your confusion into clarity I’ll expel those voices And tame your wild delusions I’ll numb your pain and deaden your anxiety I know how to lighten your load In the absence of family and friends. Read the full article…

Congratulations (A Poem by Sandy Jeffs)

Congratulations (There are more voices in the debate over what is/causes schizophrenia than are in my head. It is a madness of theory. Who has the sane voice?) Congratulations, you are a member Of one per cent of the population Now that you have schizophrenia let me tell you Your brain undoubtedly will be malformed Read the full article…

The Invisible Minority: A Response to the Australian report on People Living with Psychotic Illness 2010, by Sandy Jeffs

Sandy Jeffs writes: In November 2011 the Australian Government released a report of the second national survey into people living with a psychotic illness which was conducted in 2010. This came after a first survey was conducted in 1997-98. The following is my response to the most recent report. Interestingly, my response was far more Read the full article…

If this is a post-schizophrenia world, then who the hell am I?

As the UK Schizophrenia Commission works towards its 2012 report on Schizophrenia in England, Australian poet, editor and community educator Sandy Jeffs, author of Flying with Paper Wings: Reflections on Living with Madness, reflects on how attitudes to schizophrenia have changed during her lifetime: Schizophrenia, you have schizophrenia. Shit, schizophrenia, this sounds serious but what Read the full article…