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Dark Days


& Other Poems
By Andrew Aldred

ISBN: 978-1-78382-076-4
Published: 2014
Pages: 114
Key Themes: Mental Health, Mental Illness, Paranoid Schizophrenia


This book is a description of an ex-soldierís opinion of the army, prison, secure mental hospital, the home office and other aspects of life in his recovery journey from committing a crime of wounding with intent.

It is not intended as a rant against a system he found very unsympathetic, but in its own way this is what it is because it could not be anything else.

About the Author

I have been in Mental Health Services since 1985, when I had a huge mental breakdown after serving in the Falklands with the army. Since then my life has been something of a rollercoaster of mental illness until meeting my wife Jane seven years ago.

I have been in and out of hospital from 1985 until 2009. I had an illness which I attributed to my father and resulted in me stabbing him in 1997 and going to the Edenfield Unit in Prestwich Hospital for 6 years. This is when I started to write poetry to keep myself sane and give me something to focus on.

Book Extract

Twisted and Broken

Iím twisted and broken
A dysfunctional mind
I fit into a society
Of a different kind
The symmetry is perfect
But itís bent out of shape
It makes perfect sense
But thereís jagged holes that gape
Itís out of your sight
But I can see it myself
Itís plain to me
And nobody else
Iím secure in the knowledge
That Iím a damaged man
Iím criminally insane
And I know that I am
Twisted and broken
Bent out of shape
A character full of holes
That is lying agape

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