A Crazy Man Thinks He’s Ernest in Paris

In her third collection, Terry Ann Carter responds to the tragic story of her schizophrenic brother. A Crazy Man Thinks He’s Ernest in Paris is a foray into the world of “voices”, mathematics, hospitals, and art. With sketches of McLean’s Mental Hospital, America’s premier mental hospital, which sheltered John Nash, Sylvia Plath, and Robert Lowell among others – and her mother’s domestic life in the fifties, Carter charts a collision course of events that begins to shed light on, and makes peace with, the mystery of her brother’s disappearance. Dream sequences of Paris in the 1920s and Ezra Pound’s Pisan Cantos reveal a mastery of style and evocation.

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