This collection of short pieces by Peter Limbrick is about people of all ages who have learning disabilities and about the conditions they experience in any country. The collection spans the period from the 1970s, coinciding with the gradual closure of some of the big 'mental handicap hospitals' in the UK.
The poetry and prose pieces are offered as a monument to adults and children who have lived and died or are living now in inhuman situations. Please use them if you wish so that this ‘monument’ gets noticed in as many places as possible.
They are written from different points of view and in a variety of voices including that of a mother (number 37), a mental handicap nurse (24), a bereaved father (38), a schoolgirl volunteer (20), a paediatrician (46) and an art therapist (3).
Here are the 50 poems and prose pieces: