We present here a series of poetic representations that stem from our research into the sport and exercise experiences of men with severe mental health difficulties. Relying exclusively on scientific or realist tales risks omitting or misrepresenting participants’ sometimes “messy” stories. By allowing space for these stories, which may not be considered “good stories” in terms of traditional narrative criteria of content, form, coherence, or plot, poetic approaches can contribute to a richer and more complex understanding of others’ lives. The first poem was written in response to our experiences of doing qualitative research in the context of a rehabilitation day center for people with severe mental health difficulties. We created the subsequent poems, using only the participants’ own words, as a way to further explore and represent their experiences of, and responses to, a golf activity group that was offered within the context the day center.
- mental health