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The Analyst: Poems 1st Edition
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“There’s a spellbinding intimacy here, between analyst and patient, the two women characters, and, most importantly, between poet and reader. A compelling examination of how much we depend on others, especially when it comes to ‘seeing’ ourselves through someone else’s eyes. Needless to say, the real subject is love.”
- Philip Schultz
“With gusto, compassion, and wit matched by consummate craft and remarkable tonal range, Peacock revels in the liberties of language. The stroke of the ‘intimate witness’ (the poet’s beloved analyst) spurs a series of lyric meditations on the forces that shape and reshape identity. With the singular achievement of her seventh collection, Peacock transforms her art.”
- Phillis Levin
“Guided to ‘listen, question, and watch things heal,’ I felt both the sting of recognition and the balm of comfort in these honest, graceful poems.”
- Rachel Zucker
“Psychoanalysis has always been of a piece with the various languages of literature―a kind of practical poetry―taking its life, as theory and practice, from a larger world of words. A session lasts 50 minutes, [and it’s] always at the same time each week, the way a sonnet is 14 lines. As Molly Peacock superbly demonstrates in The Analyst, the form makes possible the articulation.”
- Adam Phillips
About the Author
As president of the Poetry Society of America, Molly Peacock was one of the creators of New York’s Poetry in Motion program, and she is the series editor of The Best Canadian Poetry in English. She is based in New York and Toronto.
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This book will speak to many people: those who have had a difficult or abusive childhood; who are in therapy; who have recovered from a serious illness; who want to be artists and have become artists; whose genuine talent has been suppressed--even for decades--by a bad crit; who
enjoy creative fulfillment later in life. Molly Peacock does not merely tell this story by describing it. Her skill as a poet--an amazing combination of passionate energy and intellectual/emotional sensitivity--enables us to experience her situation. The wonderful peace and love that arrive at the end of the book, we feel with her.
As a poet and psychoanalyst, I am in awe and almost spellbound by how much ground Molly Peacock covers in her beautiful new book. I read it from so many levels. “The Pottery Jar” floats through my mind and soul, resonating deeply. How well I know these places of mutual recognition and gratitude amid the sacred spaces held between patient and analyst. And of course there is Ms. Peacock’s style—her rhymes, rhythm and line breaks that carry the reader in that way poets do, that she does easily seemingly. Her use of play illuminates and lightens the darker sides of life—trauma, aging and mortality. Oh and how I love that line: “The fog that rolled in stays in, like age.” As someone who both teaches and learns, this book of poems is a sterling adroitly crafted portrait of mutual courage, commitment and the capacity to transform and evolve in that way we humans do. I recommend this book wholeheartedly.