Poems of Youth and Turbulence

By Peter G Mackie

Poetry, Psychology & philosophy | Paperback, eBook


This is a volume of poetry written by the author in his youth, starting in his early teens, when he was a patient in the Adolescent Unit of a psychiatric hospital in the early 1970s, and moving on to poems written in his late teens and early twenties. The early poems express the imagination of a teenager, while many of the later poems deal with lost love and feelings of depression, reflecting the sadness and aspirations of an unhappy young man who had fallen from a previous state of ecstasy into melancholy through having been compulsorily detained in a psychiatric unit for two and a half years.



Peter G Mackie was born in Perth, Scotland in 1957 and spent his early teenage years in an adolescent psychiatric unit, an experience which he described in his short, autobiographical novel "The Madhouse of Love", written at the age of 17. This was followed by a volume of poetry and a collection of short writings. He has also recorded a CD of music "All Over the Shop" on piano and synthesiser, consisting of songs written in his youth, two improvised instrumental tracks and one classical piece. He now lives in Edinburgh, where he volunteers at a youth centre.


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Peter G Mackie was born in Perth, Scotland in 1957 and spent his early teenage years in an adolescent psychiatric unit, an experience which he described in his short, autobiographical novel "The Madhouse of Love", written at the age of 17. This was followed by a volume of poetry and a collection of short writings. He has also recorded a CD of music "All Over the Shop" on piano and synthesiser, con...


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