'At Risk' by Diana Cant
"...a disturbing but memorable pamphlet, giving abused and disturbed children their own voice, all told in crystal clear poems. Thoroughly recommended." — Rennie Halstead, reviewing 'At Risk' in London Grip.
Diana Cant is a Consultant Child Psychotherapist who has worked for many years with highly distressed and depressed young people, many of whom are often in residential care. She won the inaugural Child Psychotherapy Essay Prize, has written many articles and professional papers, and contributed to mental health programmes on BBC 4. She has an MA in Poetry Writing from Newcastle University through the Poetry School in London. She is a member of the Mid Kent Stanza Group, and the Canada Water Poetry Group. Her work has been published in Finished Creatures, The Alchemy Spoon, Brittle Star, Ink, Sweat and Tears, and Nine Muses, Her poetry has also appeared in various anthologies such as Humanagerie, Eighty Four, Places of Poetry and Beyond the Storm. She was longlisted in the Ginko Prize, 2019, and commended in the Hippocrates Prize in 2021. Her pamphlet, Student Bodies 1968, was published by Clayhanger Press in 2020.
"Diana Cant gives us twenty-four poems, thirteen of which are supported by footnotes. This is where the statistics come in. A poem in the voice of (or about) a young person trying to manage, say, dyslexia or an eating disorder, tells an individual story. Poet (and reader) focus, rightly, on that unique voice. Each voice, however, is part of a wider social context and is speaking up for those with similar need for support. Under ‘Playground’, it’s salutary — and horrifying — to be told that 42% of children aged 10-15 years in England and Wales experienced some form of bullying in the year ending March 2020, and that 17% of those experienced cyber-bullying."
D A Prince (Sphinx Reviews, February 2022)
'At Risk' 2021
Paperback, 34 pages, 21 x 14.8cm
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