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Death of a psychotherapist and other poems

Author: John Woods
Publisher: London : Karnac, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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These poems represent the author's experience of severe illness, and near death. The title piece, Death of a Psychotherapist, is a collage of words and images that express the mental fragmentation of that period, as well as the search for meaning and wholeness. Dreams, or hallucinations, were indistinguishable from reality. Thoughts and memories came from other poets, especially the Greek poet C.P. Cavafy, who  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Poetry
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(OCoLC)967861344
Named Person: John Woods
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Woods
ISBN: 9781911597254 1911597256
OCLC Number: 1013942953
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover --
Contents --
Acknowledgments --
Death of a Psychotherapist --
Other Poems --
Poetry, Cancer and Psychotherapy: Notes on "Death of a Psychotherapist" and Other Poems --
About the Author.
Responsibility: John Woods ; with editorial assistance from Valerie Sinason.

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These poems represent the author's experience of severe illness, and near death. The title piece, Death of a Psychotherapist, is a collage of words and images that express the mental fragmentation of that period, as well as the search for meaning and wholeness. Dreams, or hallucinations, were indistinguishable from reality. Thoughts and memories came from other poets, especially the Greek poet C.P. Cavafy, who seemed to be present in these "visions", and helped symbolise the trauma. The author's final few months as a psychotherapist in a National Health Service clinic had been interrupted by the illness and so his professional identity became a preoccupation. Reflections on the state of the profession came from a new perspective. The shorter poems came after the acute phase of Woods' illness, which is still the central theme, but as a challenge being met, rather than an overwhelming immersion. They are altogether quieter and more meditative than the long poem, but capture some specific experiences that may be common to those who go through such intense periods of illness and recovery. The poems are followed by a short discussion of their context and process of creation.

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