About the Book
The poems were written over several decades and are set out chronologically. The book is wonderfully illustrated by members of a mental health arts project based in London and run by Mind. The drawings do more than just represent the artists' responses to the poems and to what they evoked: they succeed in furthering the statement the poems are making.
Here are two comments on the book : “Rogan’s poetry is as beautiful as it is thought-provoking.”
(Dr Peter Carter OBE, Chief Executive, Royal College of Nursing 2007-2015).
“This is an uplifting, as well as a consoling book. I feel very honoured to have been invited to comment on it.” (Moniza Alvi - Poet).
Rogan Wolf is a poet, translator and editor. For much of his working life he was a mental health social worker. He believes that poetry and other forms of clean language can help defend and renew community, opening people's lives to each other, in contrast to the deadly languages of Spin and Sell and Propaganda. Poetry therefore belongs in the public realm, speaking to people true and warm and real. Wolf runs a project called "Poems for..the wall" which offers small poem-posters free of charge for public display. Many of the poems are bilingual and by internationally famous poets. 50 different languages are represented. The project has been funded by the UK Arts Council, the NHS and the Foreign Office, among others. Its poems go to schools, libraries and waiting rooms all over the world. The poems can be downloaded from the project's website - https:/poemsforthewall.org Wolf runs a small charity called Hyphen-21 - https://hyphen-21.org - and he keeps a blog - https://roganwolf.com