This book is a small anthology: each chapter a kind of meditationon poetry and psychoanalysis; on a poem, sometimes two; on poetry in general; on thought itself. The poems are beautiful, some are contemporary, some are classical and well worth a reader’s attention.“The motive for metaphor” is the title of a short poem of Wallace Stevens in which he says he is “happy” with the subtleties of experience. He likes what he calls the “half colours of quarter things,” as opposed to the certainties, the hard primary “reds” and “blues.” To grasp and make sense of what is elusive (and beautiful), that is, for the essential and puzzling condition of poetry, we are obliged to make metaphors. The same is perhaps true of psychoanalysisthis is the essential argument of the book.The chapters were originally poetry columns that the author wrote for Psychologist-Psychoanalyst and Division/Review (both journals of the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association). The chapters are arranged alphabetically by the poet but otherwise follow no conceptual order. The author hopes that they might be read that way toothe book to be picked up, a few chapters read and thought about, and then put aside for reading more at another time.
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About the Author
Henry M. Seiden is a psychologist and psychoanalyst who lives and practices in Forest Hills, New York. He has published poetry in a number of journals including Poetry, Literal Latte, Passager, Midstream and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He has also published a chapbook called Tinnitus. His published professional papers include articles on Wallace Stevens, Ernest Hemingway, the longing for home, the use of metaphor in psychotherapy, on using poetry in psychotherapy with children, and on mindfulness, among other subjects.
He is co-author (with Christopher Lukas) of Silent Grief: Living in the Wake of Suicide (Jessica Kingsley, 2007), which was originally published by Scribners and is now in its fourth printing. It has been translated into Chinese, Portuguese and Russian and has been in English as well as American editions.
Seiden is a member the Board of Editors of Psychoanalytic Psychology. Several chapters of this book were originally columns on poetry and psychoanalysis in Psychologist-Psychoanalyst and Division/Review, both journals of Division 39, the Division of Psychoanalysis, of the American Psychological Association. He has been a member at large of the Board of Directors of Division 39 and is currently its Publications Chair.
Table of Contents
AcknowledgementsAbout the AuthorForeword by Nancy McWilliamsIntroduction1) Jokes, fathers, grief, and angels: a poem by Sherman Alexie2) Speaking of pain: Yehuda Amichai3) A sad story, briefly told: a poem by Simon Armitage4) “Finding in the sound a thought”: Matthew Arnold’s “Dover beach”5) Auden’s “Lullaby” and Winnicott’s “Hate …”6) An awakening: a poem by Elizabeth Bishop7) On the pleasure in play: the poetry of Billy Collins8) Tyger time: e. e. cummings on conscientious objection9) On idea and image and “the space between”: a poem by Albert Goldbarth10) “When your heart cries out, being carried off …”: a poem by Eamon Grennan11) “Old pond, frog jump in …”: the genius of haiku12) Postmodern metaphor: a poem by Robert Hass13) The air of another time and place: a poem by Seamus Heaney14) Poetry as argument: a poem by Tony Hoagland15) Marie Howe on “What the living do”16) Kenneth Koch on psychoanalysis in the “glory days”17) An old man’s love song: a poem by Stanley Kunitz18) “They fuck you up …” Philip Larkin’s “This be the verse”19) The art of the ordinary: Philip Levine on “What work is”20) How otherness dissolves: a poem by Thomas Lux21) Mysterious tears: a poem by Rose McLarney22) A meditation without punctuation by W. S. Merwin23) Narrative as metaphor: Sharon Olds24) “The meaning of simplicity”: a poem by Yannis Ritsos25) Saying a lot with a little: the poetry of Kay Ryan26) On the love of beautyand a poem by Charles Simic27) When the narrative changes: a poem by A. E. Stallings 11028) Metaphors for mind: the poet Gerald Stern29) Negative capability and Wallace Stevens’s “The emperor of ice-cream”30) Tracks in the snow: a poem of the Sung dynasty31) On style: Tennyson and Cavafy, and intersubjective engagement32) Empathic music: a poem of William Carlos Williams33) The pathetic fallacy: William Carlos Williams and Emily Dickinson34) W. B. Yeats on “Where love has pitched his mansion …”