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I Can't Sleep Sleep 'Cause My Bed's On Fire by Emily Harrison

by Emily Harrison


Can't Sleep 'Cause My Bed's On Fire confronts a search for love against the stark, yet humanising backdrop of the psychiatric institution. Gutsy and honest, Emily Harrison's poetry is simultaneously cynical and optimistic. In her verse she suggests that coming to terms with her mental health and falling in love are equally challenging, and depicts the consequences - both heartbreaking and hilarious - when the two collide.

Emily Harrison combines precise writing and bold performance, both of which are underpinned by an unflinching honesty. A former member of The Barbican Young Poets, Emily performs regularly in London and across the UK both as a member of The Burn After Reading Collective and as a solo performer. In 2010, Emily won Oxford University's Christopher Tower Poetry Prize. She has been published in Popshot, Rising and was one of eight poets to have their work on the theme of London showcased at Boxpark, Shoreditch.