Through The Looking Glass: Reflecting on Madness and Chaos Within – Now Available

I’m very proud to announce the publication of Through The Looking Glass: Reflecting on Madness and Chaos Within by Indie Blu(e) Publishing. As well as being a contributor, I served as a guest editor on this project. More information below:


Indie Blu(e) Publishing                                                                                           

Step Through the Looking Glass into the Lived Experience of Mental Illness

Havertown, PA, USA, May 26, 2021: Join 158 writers and artists from across the globe as they journey Through the Looking Glass to unveil the truth about life with mental illness.  Diverse, raw, and urgent, the poetry, prose, and art work in this anthology dig deep into the experience of living with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other neurodivergent conditions, as well as the challenges of loving someone who struggles with such an illness.  

Full of hope and despair, acceptance and rebellion, the creativity contained within these pages reflects the reality that we cannot walk around or behind the looking glass, but must walk through it unflinchingly to educate, foster compassion, and reduce the stigma so often associated with mental illness. 

“Many editors of anthologies might balk at publishing such raw material, but the commitment of Indie Blu(e) is to give voice to what is so often silenced, sanitized, hidden, and there is in this enterprise something that gives us all hope.  For by speaking out our deepest experiences of trauma, abuse and unhappiness there comes a sense of freedom, a sense of the possibility of recognition, connection, acceptance. And thus healing.  We are not alone.  Others are battling similar enemies.  We are lovable.  Our feelings are valid.  We belong to the human race.  We deserve to live.”

Rhoda Thomas taught psychology, sociology and counselling for nearly 40 years.  She is co-founder of Live Poets Society, a socialist poetry group in Wales, UK.  Imago is her most recent poetry collection.

Indie Blu(e) Publishing is a progressive, feminist micro-press, committed to producing honest and thought-provoking works. Our anthologies are meant to celebrate diversity, raise awareness, and embolden our sisters and brothers to speak their truths. The editors all passionately advocate for human rights; mental health awareness; chronic illness awareness; sexual abuse survivors; and LGBTQ+ equality. It is our mission, and a great honor, to provide platforms for those voices that are stifled, and stigmatized.        


Through The Looking Glass: Reflecting on Madness and Chaos Within is available for wholesale purchase through the Ingram Group

It is available for retail purchase through Amazon (print & Kindle editions) and Pothi (India).

ISBN: 978-1-951724-08-5 

Keywords: Mental Health; Mental Illness; Neurodivergent; Poetry; Prose; Art


Christine E. Ray, Editor-in-Chief,