Light Perception by Beth O'Brien
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This pamphlet is a collection of poems that centres on the theme of disability, visual impairment, and dealing with how people react to one with a disability.
Light Perception discusses the feeling of being labelled as ‘wrong’ from a young age, the struggle of trying to seem as able as possible, even if it’s just an act, and coming to terms with learning that everyone needs help sometimes.
I have pretended for so long that I thought
the best compliment would be:
“I actually forget you can’t really see,”
But when it comes, I realise that it means
I have to keep pretending.