Also by Candice Iloh: Break Fast From Her Skin
July 13, 2016
"Spin," for me, was a meditation on mental illness and the often-times insensitive response to it in pop culture. Just like everyone else, I have been witness to several public figures who appear to be spiraling in some form or fashion and what I observe on the part of the public is complete amnsesia to the fact that these people are human. I feel that it's rare in American pop culture for empathy to be shown toward public figures before scorn and ridicule when empathy is something we would all want to be shown to us should we find ourselves in the same positions. This poem was an attempt to first illustrate the sensation of spiraling and embarrassment in the public eye and then to humanize the experience of having to navigate instability and sadness when the world is still looking to you with an open hand for entertainment.
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