Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Pre-Order #Poetry The New Asylum by Frank Prem

Another book on pre-order this week for October 13th, is the new collection from poet Frank Prem – The New Asylum.

About the collection

The New Asylum is the third volume in a series of free-verse poetry anthologies and personal memoirs from Australian author Frank Prem (Small Town Kid, Devil In The Wind).

This collection is an exposé of life in the public psychiatric system, spanning five decades and describing sometimes graphically, sometimes ironically, often poignantly, and always honestly, a search for meaning in extraordinary and often incomprehensible circumstances.

The journey begins with childhood experiences of watching immigrant parents earn their living in the Mayday Hills Mental Asylum… progresses through the oddities and antics of psychiatric nurse training in the 1970s… on to the high-pressure coalface of managing regional centres facing an inundation of modern urban challenges… and finally, settles into the generally calmer waters of a small town residential facility.

Join Frank Prem on his New Asylum journey, and discover what it means to become that particular ‘mental health creature’ that is a psychiatric nurse.

Head over and Pre-order the book:

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Also by Frank Prem

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

Aug 15, 2019 Kriti rated it it was amazing

A couple years ago, there was a huge fire in Fort McMurray, Canada. I heard about it on the news but that was about it. Frank’s poetry in Devil in the wind reminded me of that fire and connected me with the hardships and anguish that people go through in times of such catastrophes. Poetry has a way of expressing large sentiments in minimal words and Frank does an amazing job of showing perspectives of numerous people who were affected. He also made me think about some bigger questions like what can one really do during a fire? What is it like to come back to a home that does not exist? And many more that he answered through his poems.

This is a beautiful collection of rhyme, bringing the reader closer to the disaster that happened in Australia, and at the same time, anywhere where fires cause havoc and destruction. I really enjoyed reading it and am thankful to Frank for reaching out to me, thinking I would like this book. He was absolutely right!

Read the reviews and buy the books:

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Read more reviews and follow Frank on Goodreads:

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).

Connect to Frank

Website Audio:
Seventeen Syllable Poetry:

Thank you for dropping by today and I hope you will be leaving with a book or two under your arm…thanks Sally.

18 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Pre-Order #Poetry The New Asylum by Frank Prem

  1. Reblogged this on Frank Prem Poetry and commented:
    Thank you to the wonderful Sally Cronin who has added The New Asylum to the shelves over at her Smoragsbord Blog magazine to help folk find out about it.

    Sally is a wonderful supporter of Indie pblishers and publications and I’m just delighted to have my books on show over at her place.

    Do visit and check out her site. It’s well worth it.

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  3. I’m not much of a reader of poetry, but the subject is definitely of interest to me, as I’ve worked with a fair share of psychiatric nurses over the years. Thanks, Sally and good luck to Frank!

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