Ben Okri “Mental Fight”

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Ben Okri's Mental Fight

Mental Fight by Ben Okri

Ben Okri is Patron of Mental Fight Club. His epic poem, Mental Fight is an inspirational hymn to overcoming our mind’s capacity for destruction and to create new ways of thinking, feeling, perceiving and relating to one’s fellow human being. As such, it contains much with which people with experience of mental illness and recovery can particularly identify.

The poem pays homage to William Blake, the creator of the phrase ‘Mental Fight’ immortalised in the now famous hymn, Jerusalem (I shall not cease from Mental Fight, nor shall my sword sleep in my hand). Okri wrote Mental Fight to mark the new Millennium in the year 2000. He describes it as an ‘anti-spell’ for the 21st century and it is dedicated to ‘Humanity in the Aquarian Age’

(Click the cover to read section one of Mental Fight, Time To Be Real).

Ben Okri is a prize-winning novelist whose writings explore a fusion of the worlds – the magical and the real, past and present, the European and the African. Novels include The Famished Road (1991 Booker Prize winner), Astonishing the Gods, African Elegy and Infinite Riches. Ben has recently released a new book of poetry entitled Wild.

We explored Mental Fight and other poems – famous and obscure – that inspire us to keep going in June 2013 @ The Dragon Café.