New Poetry: The Red Shoes as a Metaphor for Bi-polar Disorder by Jo Mazelis

 

First there are delusions of grandeur

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Then inappropriate items of clothing

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And extravagant spending

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Then the endless dancing

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Followed by exhaustion

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Followed by depression

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And the need to punish oneself

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Then medical intervention

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And fevered piety and terrible regret

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And wooden feet

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And wooden feet

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me b and w new york 2005Jo Mazelis is a novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist. Her collection of stories Diving Girls (Parthian, 2002) was short-listed for The Commonwealth Best First Book and Welsh Book of the Year. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry Wales, New Welsh Review, I am not a Silent Poet and Screech Owl amongst others. Originally trained at Art School, she worked for many years in London in magazine publishing as a freelance photographer, designer and illustrator, before receiving an MA in English Literature. In 2014 her novel Significance was published by Seren.

Words and Image: Copyright © Jo Mazelis, 2015