Depression & Other Magic Tricks



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Depression & Other Magic Tricks
Sabrina Benaim

This collection of poetry on depression, family, love, heartbreak, suffering and healing provides the reader with an authentic insight into the speaker’s struggle with a mental health issue. Sabrina Benaim’s poetry makes the reader aware of existing stigmata, stereotypes and discrimination of people with depression – also providing us with the notion that life and living must be celebrated, particularly during those ‘bad and dark days’ when one finds it the hardest. The book includes a performance poem that went viral on the internet: “Explaining My Depression To My Mother” was performed by the author on stage during a poetry slam in 2014 and outlines the speaker’s anxieties that keep her under control.

The poems are suitable for a cross-curricular project on mental health and taboo issues such as depression – however, teachers should carefully apply and prepare a controversial topic like this.

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Critical edition

Benaim, Sabrina. Depression & Other Magic Tricks. Button Poetry, 2017. 75 pp., ISBN 9781943735204

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In favour of this entry

  • Addresses current affairs
  • Award-winning
  • Beyond the US and the UK
  • Interdisciplinary or cross-curricular teaching
  • Silenced voices