Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck Psychiatry 4: Acute Observations -the futility of triple words by Frank Prem

Welcome to the series  Posts from Your Archives, where bloggers put their trust in me. In this series, I dive into a blogger’s archives and select four posts to share here to my audience.

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Frank Prem is an Australian author with two collections of poetry that describe his childhood growing in a small town… and the second, the dreadful wildfire that rapidly engulfed communities and took many lives. Both of which I have read and can recommend. I am delighted to be allowed to sample his archives to share with you.

In June 2017, Frank posted a poem a day.. and so I have chosen the poems he posted on this day and then the subsequent poems that correspond to his posts here…

Psychiatry 4: Acute Observations -the futility of triple words by Frank Prem June 11th 2017

sitting in the dining room
the back corner where he won’t get disturbed
he’s got a book of rules out
dictionary thesaurus and words
a world of words

he does so many pages a day
a genius at the triple-word plays
because he practices moves and combos
knows a little-used term to describe
a master scrabble player
that includes a q tile or maybe a j

he’s scored five hundred
he’s scored five-fifty
he’s scored on every play
in this game of ours
while I’m stuck
looking for a way to turn my tiles in
try to find better letters
maybe find a triple word he hasn’t claimed yet

but then
he really ought to be good for the big scores
he’s got the dictionary open
at eight in the morning and anyway
it’s time for me to make my way to the meds room
to line up anti-psychotics in plastic cups
a thesaurus won’t keep his eyes open
he’ll be sleeping
dreaming about big scores
about jousting in tournaments

about victory

in his room
before a result is declared

©Frank Prem 2017

About Frank Prem

I’ve been a storytelling poet for about forty years. Longer in fact, as I remember the first poem I wrote while at secondary school was about 150 – 200 words long and was accepted in lieu of a 500 word essay. I think that may have been the start.

I love to read my work to a live audience, and have audio recorded some recent recordings and popped them on my author page. I have also done some studio- recorded work under the direction and accompaniment of my wife Leanne Murphy that can be listened to there. These poems are on mythological themes and the accompaniment by Leanne makes them a little bit extraordinary.

By profession, I am a psychiatric nurse and have worked across most facets of public psychiatry and the mental health/mental illness spectrum. My experiences and reflections on what I have seen and done are the subject of a forthcoming memoir – scheduled for late 2019, or perhaps more likely, 2020.

I’ve been published in magazines, zines and anthologies, in Australia and in a number of other countries, but for a long time I haven’t sought much publication. The whims of editors are a little too capricious and unknowable, so I have preferred to hone my craft and self-publish on my poetry blogs

Leanne and I reside in the beautiful township of Beechworth in the North-East of Victoria (Australia).

Books by Frank Prem

One of the recent reviews for Devil in the Wind on Goodreads

Apr 29, 2019 Joy RS rated it Five Stars

Very moving, beautiful, and terrible. This book is more than I can adequately describe, so bear with me here. It’s a poignant account of a terrible event, which, living on another continent, I had heard of, but didn’t properly take in.

It’s not a gruesome book, just incredibly moving: a salute, in a way. The author has taken the words of those who witnessed and survived the tragedy and woven them into poetry. I do hope that in some manner it brings these people catharsis and at least a few nights of undisturbed sleep.

When people die so terribly they deserve to be honoured and remembered around the world. I was left with a profound sense of respect, as well as a reminder that we should never take for granted every precious every moment of life. What can we do to live the life we were born to, given that some have never had the chance?

Read the reviews and buy the books:

And Amazon UK:

Read more reviews for both books and follow Frank on Goodreads:

Connect to Frank

Website Audio:
Seventeen Syllable Poetry:

My thanks to Frank for allowing me access to his archives and I suggest that you head over and enjoy for yourselves..thanks Sally.

22 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #PotLuck Psychiatry 4: Acute Observations -the futility of triple words by Frank Prem

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  2. Thank you so much, Sally. I’ve shared this on my blog and other places.

    Psychiatry is the next collection I have planned to go into book form. Serious work starts on that this week. Should be ready as a book around year end, if anyone is interested. No doubt I’ll be inviting volunteers for ARC copies.

    I’ve mentioned in comments that this series is set in Public Psychiatry, which is a setting that is intimately associated with application of the Law.

    To get into Public Psychiatry it is most often the case that the patient and or members of the community are considered to be at risk of harm unless the patient receives treatment – generally against the persons will and wishes, so it is a difficult environment and can only really be contemplated as a place of extremes. Extreme behaviours and extreme forms of care.

    All of them are covered in the memoir.

    Watch out of ‘The New Asylum’.

    Thanks again, Sally, and thank you all for reading and commenting. It’s wonderful.

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