Plays by Deborah Freeman

I have completed `Remedies,` a play about M E.  Background research...

Writing Groups

I am setting up a new writing group in East Finchley, to be held in the atmospheric location of an East Finchley...

Novels by Deborah Freeman

 A few years back. I answered an ad on the Radio 3 website, from the conceptual art company, Blast Theory...

Poems by Deborah Freeman

These appeared in the journal Jewish Renaissance, 2008.  `Fish.` `Fasting.` `Open a Gate for Us. ` `After the...

Case For No Further Action

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This poem was included in the Lancaster Literature Festival Collection, 1984.
I was training as a Psychiatric Social Worker. I was dismayed by the contrasts
between the world of the professionals, and the world of the clients. There was one
particular psychiatrist who incessantly quoted `Studies...`


Mrs Reed is being NFA`d today. She salutes,
half an onion and blunt knife busy, fatpatches
on the flagstones underfoot. Her cat: leapt
for scraps last night over her Timmy. Timmy
had one Discretionary Cot but the cat slipped.
Timmy squealed, grabbed the railings, which
snapped. Now he lies snug in a plywood drawer.


 Mrs Reed misses appointments. Timmy pisses
up walls and down them. Timmy and Mrs Reed
posed in the clinic for photographs. Timothy
has titles. Enuretic. Encopretic. Mixed
Emotional/|Conduct Disorder. Mother Unpunctual.
Mrs Reed calls the clinic fucking pathetic.


Still doctors sit to mull her case, spiced
with the flavours of social work, psychology,
Marxist terminology and God`s good grace. Faces
pored like wholemeal bread, intestines tight
with vitamins and gut-goodies. Prior to voting
they quote Studies. Interdisciplinary, sixty-one,
seventy-one, seventy-nine (and the on-going.)
It simply won`t do won`t wash won`t work or go.


A secretary will write to let Mrs Reed know.
Mrs Reed washes down her walls, frowning.
When, or is it if she learns to keep appointments
(the Salford bus runs twice in the hour grimily
and wobbles so both babies yowl; the handle
of the buggy broke last month,) a behavioural
programme has been prepared - with silver stars.


Deborah Freeman Manchester 1984

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