I construct my fortress carefully,
with words and verses, catch
phrases and platitudes, theologies
of my imagination, to articulate
or simply utter, in growling tones,
to fend off the evils outside,
discovering too late that I’ve
imprisoned the evil within.
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Illustration: The St. Louis Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center, constructed in 1869 at the St. Louis County Insane Asylum, is located on Arsenal Street in St. Louis and for years was known as the “Arsenal Street Asylum” or simply “the Arsenal.” Today, it seeks to help people return to society, as opposed to keeping them away from society.