Poet's Corner


“There’s nothing so bad as schizophrenic fears 

a story of horrendous paranoia and terrible tears”

I have fought with demons

with no freedom 

from the terrible voice inside my head

which waits to berate me 

says it hates me

it wants me dead 

is it possession?

the courts in session 

will it ever adjourn

I chased god will I ever learn

that the truth doesn’t just hurt it burns

and schizophrenia is narrative

and psychosis is a parable 

for lies.

This poem was written to show what it’s like to suffer with schizophrenia.

If you have been affected by the issues in this poem or want to know more.

Please contact https://www.rethink.org/

About the author

Dan Hooks

Hi there my name is Dan Hooks and I am a poet.

My poetry has many diverse themes from madness to the mundane, from fantasy and fable to philosophical and the darkness of reality (whatever that is).

I have been writing since I was 18 and have inspired other artists such as Benjamin Heine who created an piece of art work called”filled with fire” from my poem called “Freedom”. That poem was inspired from a quote from Nelson Mandela saying “we are free to be free”. Writing I find is a collaborative process.

I have also written other poems which have been used in language courses in America, Canada and Australia. One of which is called “poem on identity” and the other one is “Antithesis”.

I have a soundcloud account in which I post poems to music and my spoken word pieces. I find spreading my work on various social media platforms really useful for presenting my work.

I am also fond of travelling and have climbed Mount Fuji in Japan visited Finland skied in both USA in keystone Colorado and Whistler in Canada. I find perspective can be found in travelling to other countries and it also helps you appreciate other cultures as well your own.