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DOG BARK. Poetry from the Bethlem amp; Maudsley Hospital School. Rockingham Press pound;5.95

This exciting collection with its glorious cover by Yanick Makunga combines poems by pupils and teachers at the hospital school (for young people with mental health difficulties) with work by published poets, including Anne-Marie Fyfe, Moniza Alvi and E A Markham, among those who led poetry workshops at the school.

Universal themes such as "seasons" and "place" ("what makes places special, how we hold on to them and the notion of one's own imagined place") have yielded a rich variety of highlights, which include "All of It", a multiple-choice test to determine paths through life by Peter Groot, and Oliver Moore's "My Terms" - "I want to get rid of order but bring it back when I feel weak".

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