• Greg MahrEmail author
Poetry and Other Creative Works


Trauamatic experiences are often difficult to validate. The poem describes an episode where such validation was possible, through the use of film from childhood.


trauma memory film 
  • Artist’s Statement

This poem reflects the experience of validation of past emotional trauma. The narrator realizes, watching actual video footage, of the truth of his memories.
  • Validation

Guzzling Malbec

like a broken-down, boozed-up child star,

I watch videos of myself as a kid.

A birthday party 50 years ago

has been Super 8 digitized,

and I finally see what I always felt;

through the camera’s eye

that look of hatred she gave me

and the threat in her eyes

before she noticed the camera

and remembered to paste on a smile.

Copyright information

© Academic Psychiatry 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wayne State UniversityDetroitUSA

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