Still one of my favourite covers so far.
Schizophrenia Poetry was possibly the first cover for World Audience, I was given a free specification so the final result is all
The line between sanity and insanity is often a fuzzy one: perhaps almost as fuzzy as the line between truth and fiction. For most people, it’s easier to get through the day-to-day busyness of modern life by drawing that line, however arbitrary, and making sure that we’re on the right side of it.
Those who don’t seem to fit can then be classed as “other” and kept safely out of our perception. There are times when I wonder whether we don’t fill our lives with non-contemplative activity solely for the purpose of avoiding the kind of intense contemplation that could easily pitch any of us, whatever our “classification” into a world that appears, at the very least, unsettling.
unfortunately, for those brave readers who have picked up this collection, it isn’t going to be so easy to maintain that sense of differentiation. The poems in M. Stefan Strozier’s Schizophrenia Poetry tend to pull the reader directly into the beating heart of madness. There are hallucinations, fear, paranoia, darkness, and pain, but it isn’t all negative. There is also pleasure, wonder, and even, at time, a sense of superpower as the poems move beyond the abyss towards the creation of viable perception.
part of Introduction by Magdalena Ball.