The Aubliette is a Medieval dungeon or place of forgetting made famous in Edgar Allen Poe's story, "The Pit and the Pendulum". Prisoners were lowered into a deep hole and forgotten. They would slowly go mad in the darkness. For me it became a metaphor for my depression.
Darren Stein is an Australian artist and poet. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1973, Stein worked in the townships and squatter camps around Johannesburg and Soweto during the transition to democracy in the early 1990ís. His fields included adult literacy, voter education, election monitoring, and subsequently Police reform which worked towards building reconciliation between local community groups and the Post-Apartheid police forces. After suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by his exposure to the violence of the period, he immigrated to Sydney, Australia. His poems have appeared in various anthologies, including Over the Rainbow (1996), The Liquid Mirror (1998), An Endless Place (1999), and Storage Space: A...
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