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Books by B. James

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Misjudged and Misperceived

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My psychosis took hold aged sixteen and I’m scarred by the memories of being detained in an archaic inpatient Unit.

“He’s been kicking off nonstop, so I’ve drawn up 5 millilitres of intramuscular Haloperidol.”

A flustered looking female nurse announced, racing down the corridor in Bwaila Mental Health Unit, Lilongwe.  My eyes wildly darted towards her hand; her efforts to conceal a syringe under a flimsy paper towel in a kidney dish had been futile. I float into another realm; her light blue uniform causing the nerves in my prefrontal cortex to twitch ten to a dozen. I was experiencing a migraine and the voice in my head was barking orders like a siren blaring in one of the Prison Break DVDs I had watched a couple of days before.

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What the Seashell said to Me

November, 2022

I have forever been a seashell, an introverted poet

harbouring society’s indecipherable noises in a cavity of creativity and reprocessing them as what might be perceived as insightful sounds heard by rare seashell-lovers who listen intently.

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The waves at Lumley Beach (In honour of Kadiatu Kamara, aka KK our only female surfer) O F f shore A solitary figure Sliding along the wave Gliding into its concave With the elegant skill of the brave. T R A N S F I X E D I watch as the sea breeze whispers: Sierra Leone will ride the wave Strength is stashed in her secret coffers Courage has churned in her coral cave Together, we will OWN the wave.

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