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Survivors Poetry aim to publish and promote poetry by survivors; supporting and developing survivor poets and establishing communication networks; making connections between creativity and mental health. This blog contains notes from contributors to the survivors network.

Simon Jenner: Descended from a Line of Legs

26 October 2015


A vintage toy camper van

In discussing how to kick-start the Survivors’ Poetry blog, this poem about my father's tin leg and how, as a child, I used it as a garage for my toy cars was recently recalled in some email communications. A survivors’ poet remembered my reading of it some years ago at the Poetry Cafe.  Descended from a Line of Legs Clank; his leg shows its metal down the pungent antiseptic corridor whose double once wheeled his flesh one to the fire. Now he spawns comedy; these are...

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