Sleep Is Now a Foreign Country: Encounters with the Uncanny (Paperback)

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Sleep Is Now a Foreign Country: Encounters with the Uncanny (Paperback)

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A poet recounts his experience with madness and explores the relationship between apprehension and imagination.

In the summer of 1977, standing on a roadside somewhere between Dachau and Munich, twenty-two-year-old Mike Barnes experienced the dawning of the psychic break he'd been anticipating almost all his life. "Times over the years when I have tried to describe what followed," he writes of that moment, "it has always come out wrong." In this finely wrought, deeply intelligent memoir of madness, its antecedents and its aftermath, Barnes reconstructs instead what led him to that moment and offers with his characteristic generosity and candor the captivating account of a mind restlessly aware of itself.

Mike Barnes is the author of twelve books of poetry, short fiction, novels, and memoir. He has won the Danuta Gleed Award and a National Magazine Award Silver Medal for his short fiction, and the Edna Staebler Award for his photo-and-text essay "Asylum Walk." His most recent book of nonfiction, Be With: Letters to a Caregiver, was a finalist for the City of Toronto Book Award and has been praised by Margaret Atwood as "Timely, lyrical, tough, accurate." He lives in Toronto.
Product Details ISBN: 9781771965125
ISBN-10: 1771965126
Publisher: Biblioasis
Publication Date: November 14th, 2023
Pages: 112
Language: English