- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (July 17, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780393355826
- ISBN-13: 978-0393355826
- ASIN: 0393355829
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,678,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Analyst: Poems 1st Edition
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“A new, visceral, twenty-first century ‘in memoriam’ of ambiguous loss in which Peacock brilliantly tells the story of a decades-long patient-therapist relationship that now reverses and continues to evolve.”
- Jewish Book Council
“This relationship [between Peacock and her psychoanalyst] is not just described and honored but is also used as a metaphor for poetry itself.… With Peacock the human body heals two by two.”
“A compelling examination of how much we depend on others, especially when it comes to ‘seeing’ ourselves through someone else’s eyes.”
- Philip Schultz
“A remarkable account of the restorative power of creativity.… [Peacock’s] poetry’s orderly grace can seem paradoxical when she’s describing intense, chaotic emotions. But that lyrical craft is exactly what makes these poems resonate.”
- Toronto Star
“Peacock’s manuscript constitutes an instructional manual, crash course, or abstract painting of the complex world. It gives the reader an intimate view of how two people see each other through the various crises of their lives, how the poet and the painter balance alongside as they look into their conscious lives and past the edges of their consciousness to their dreams, memories, emotions, inspirations, and aspirations.”
“The Analyst… has its share of impossible emotions. But it is also a book about possible healing.… In previous books, Peacock has shown us how the repetitions of poetic form can contain the ruptures of violence. Here, she shows us how they can also enact processes of growth and change; of hard-won, incremental revision.”
- Literary Review of Canada
“Anyone who has undergone therapy will appreciate Peacock’s insights into the process, and everyone can gain from her exploration of human connection and creativity.”
- Quill & Quire
“Using lush language and imagery, [Peacock’s] poems move between free verse and rhyme and sometimes adapt traditional forms, so that each poem is formally distinctive.… A rich and important selection.”
- Library Journal
“Frank and tender.”
- Publishers Weekly
“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
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.