Authors: Sandy Jeffs
Event: 2003 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Consumer keynote presentation, audio recording,
Type of resource: Audio
Abstract: The language of madness is a discourse with a vast and expansive vocabulary that displays society's unresolved and uncomfortable relationship with the mad. Indeed, madness has been a source of intrigue and fear ever since the beginning of our consciousness and self-awareness. The rhetoric and reality of madness is often locked in a tense struggle, where the lived experience and the language that surrounds it, play themselves out in a drama of epic proportions. Yet, there is another language, equally powerful, that empowers those of us who live with our madness. The language of poetry is a profound utterance. It connects the disparate threads of the human condition and allows some people to escape their islands of madness and forge identities in the face of catastrophe and annihilation.