DAY: The unknown.
Cappelen Dam, 2015
"I only write shading. / Then I don't have a name either »
This is how a poem ends writing by an anonymous patient at Valen hospital. "[I] have wondered if poems can have a certain sense of being written in codes because the poet needs to protect himself [...]," writes Hanne Bramness, who on the basis of an abandoned and discarded writing book has created and published the collection of poems. The unknown. In the book, a quiet voice is restored, which communicates from Valen hospital around 1925 and provides a basis for discussion about psychiatry in Norway, institutional criticism, human dignity, and the gap between censorship and self-censorship:
What did they offer me / to stop my flood of words? / And how? Don't know / call something by its proper name.
This is how "the unknown" ends – "DAY". – a text, written in the early 1920s. We are within the walls around the majestic asylum in Sunnhordaland – so well paid that patients. . .
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