Your Therapist Says It’s Magical Feelings


Sadie McCarney’s Your Therapist Says It’s Magical Thinking is a buoyant second collection that playfully navigates the turbulent waters of life with mental illness and neurodivergence. In much of the book, history and science are treated the way they are often viewed by a brain in mental turmoil: places and events get switched around, facts get rewritten, and the fantastical reigns supreme. Through poems ranging from didactic (the horrible “self-care” advice received by the poet when she was struggling most) to historical fiction (patients in an asylum in 1800s England), to the quirky and unexpectedly fantastical (a rainbow carpool unicorn, a young child’s timeline reversing each morning, and an everything bagel that includes competing theories of time), McCarney digs deep into the muck of her own lived experience. She resurfaces with, if not gold, at least an old time capsule and a few treasured hunks of bone. Your Therapist Says It’s Magical Thinking highlights the sometimes dubious (but always jubilant) inner workings of a mentally unwell brain at play — especially within the context of a larger society that frequently seeks to tamp down this weird and rare form of magic.


Sadie McCarney

Charlottetown, PEI–based Sadie McCarney is the author of the poetry collection Live Ones and the found poetry performance text/mental health memoir Head War. Her work has appeared in Best Canadian Poetry, The Walrus, Literary Review of Canada, the Gay & Lesbian Review, and various literary journals.

Chapter Contributors Pages Year Price
Part I includes the following poems: Let It Out 2 Take Supplements 3 Turn Your OCD Rituals into Spells 4 Do Your Fucking Breathing Exercises 6 Do The Sex 7 Take Your Meds 9 Act 10 Be the Change …
22 $2.20
Part II includes the following poems: Lucinda 24 Mary Ann 28 Caroline 32 Bea
18 $1.80
Part III includes the following poems: Conveniences 43 Republic 2 44 Tale of the Phoenix 46 The Cave 48 A Less Good Version 50 Negatives 51 Alt-Everything 53 Tale of the Grocer 54 A Labourer at …
30 $3.00