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POETRY MONDAY: May 7, 2018

Monday, May 7th, 2018

                                       James Kraft


Just because National Poetry Month is over, dear readers, doesn’t mean that we have stopped thinking and writing about poetry. It’s always a pleasure to introduce a poet in this column.

Our poet today has had such a long and distinguished career as an educator, arts administrator, biographer, reviewer and editor that it’s hard to believe he ever had time to write a poem. Nevertheless, he produced two fine volumes: reunion, in 1987 (New York: The Promise of Learning, Inc.) and Walker, a collaboration with artist James De Woody, privately printed in an edition of eighty numbered copies in 1992. Born in Washington, D.C., he was educated at the Canterbury School in Connecticut, Princeton University, where he received a High Honors B.A., the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford, England, and Cambridge University, King’s College. From Fordham University he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in English.

To briefly enumerate the positions he has held: Visiting Professor at the Universite Laval in France; Director, Office of Special Projects for the National Endowment for the Humanities; Dean of the Adult Division at the New School for Social Research; Senior Consultant at Brakeley, John Price Jones, Inc., responsible for consultation on management and fund-raising for non-profit cultural groups; Assistant Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art; Vice-President for Development at the Manhattan School of Music; Consultant to the London Symphony Orchestra and the American Craft Museum; and, most recently, a teacher of American Literature for the Berkshire Institute for Lifetime Learning in Pittsfield, MA, the Mercantile Library and the New York Society Library in NYC; the Mount in Lenox, MA, and libraries in Scoville and Salisbury, Ct. He has also taught at Wesleyan University, Phillips Academy, Andover and the University of Virginia. (more…)

New from A Path with No Name: A Collection of Poetry and Paintings by Mali Mann

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

Click Here to Purchase: Path with No Name: A Collection of Poetry and Paintings by Mali Mann,

Praise for A Path with No Name: A Collection of Poetry and Paintings by Mali Mann

Impressive in the range of their subjects,forms,and moods,Mann’s poems leave a lasting mark on the readers’ senses!
Salman Akhtar , author of  Blood and Ink (more…)

POETRY MONDAY:  April 2, 2018

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Good morning, poetry lovers everywhere, on this early April day that actually, right after the dismal March that we in New England call “mud season,” feels like spring, with temperature in the near-balmy forties.  While April isn’t really laughing her “girlish laughter,” neither is she yet weeping “girlish tears.”

This is also National Poetry Month, which we have celebrated for so long and with such verve that it’s hard to believe it was first introduced as recently as 1966 and has since become the largest literary festival in the world.  Teachers in schools everywhere are introducing children to and helping them to experience poetry.

I had intended to make today’s column an exhortation – a call to you to be vigilant in service to poetry.  Go to senior centers, assisted-living facilities, “over-55” residences.  See that poetry isn’t relegated to a dim corner, and donate if you can.  Go to your few-and-far-between independent bookstores, as well as the chains, and check out their collections.  Look over the course catalogs that arrive in the mail.  As you buy a poet’s collected works, donate the individual volumes to places where the collections are thin.  Publicize what you’re doing and get people out to poetry events in your area –readings, book launches, and the like – and if there are none, organize some.  Arts funding is drying up; fight it.  Become a missionary on behalf of poetry.  Buy the theme-based anthologies that support your causes, e.g., Poets in the Age of Trump.  Did I imagine this title?  Perhaps.  And here’s an important question: How (more…)

POETRY MONDAY: March 5, 2018

Monday, March 5th, 2018















Lori Levy

Good morning, everyone – and welcome back to winter, after the brief spring fling we had last week here in the northeastern U.S.  And now we see that you across Europe are having a “beast” of a snowstorm, the likes of which you have seldom seen.  Congratulations – or something!

Nevertheless, we go on with poetry, and our poet today is Lori Levy, who now lives with her family in a multi-generational home in Los Angeles, California, but tells us that “home” for her has also been Vermont and Israel.  This is the kind of geographical and cultural background that enriches her poems, which have appeared in many literary journals and anthologies in the U.S., England and Israel.  Her poems have also been published in medical and medical humanities journals, such as JAMA and The Examined Life Journal, in a psychological journal, Psychological Perspectives, as well as the anthology recently published by IP Books, Climate of Opinion: Sigmund Freud in Poetry.  One of her poems was also read on BBC Radio 4.

It’s with pleasure that we give you the three poems below by Lori Levy.

Irene Willis
                                      Poetry Editor



The psychologist on TV is talking about happiness.
How all we need, really, is a
hot shower in the morning; sometimes just
a stretch, a movement: a body in tune with itself. (more…)

POETRY MONDAY: February 4, 2018

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Kalpana Asok

Namaste, everyone, as you look at this beautiful picture of our February poet, who has been in this country for thirty-one years. Her country of origin was India and her native language Tamil, but her primary language is English. The greeting, as many of you know, is given with the hands pressed together and a small bow, meaning the recognition of the divine in another person.

What better time could there be to recognize the soul in every human being than this, when the world is talking and thinking about immigration and when much of that talk has been less than generous and even hostile? But here, with Kalpana Asok, we have someone who is kind and grateful, as we will see from her poems and the story of her life. (more…)

A Note from Our Poetry Editor

Monday, January 1st, 2018


The first Monday of each month, International Psychoanalysis features a different poet  in a column called Poetry Monday.  Since its inception in April 2008, most poems have been solicited from poets whose work we know and admire. Now, however, we also consider submissions, year-round, from all poets.  We welcome all types of well-crafted poetry, both formal and free verse, regardless of theme. We ask that you first review our archives and then consider sending your best work.  While we do not guarantee acceptance, we do guarantee careful consideration and prompt reply.  Please follow these guidelines for each submission:

5-7 poems, typed on white paper, one side of the page only.  Single-space within each stanza; double-space between stanzas, and indicate stanza breaks.  Include contact information in the upper right-hand corner of each page, and number the pages of each poem separately.

Although we do use previously published poems,( with citations) we ask that at least one poem in each submission be unpublished at the time of submission. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but we must be notified immediately by e-mail ( if any of these poems has been accepted elsewhere.

DO NOT E-MAIL POEMS.  Send them by regular mail to:

Irene Willis
Poetry Editor
International Psychoanalysis
329 Pittsfield Road, #417
Lenox, MA 01240

Include SASE (for reply only) and a cover letter with contact information, publishing history and the titles of the poems you are submitting.

If three of your poems are accepted, we will contact you by e-mail and ask you to send a digital file of the poems as a single attachment, a color digital photo and an expanded bio.

POETRY MONDAY: January 1, 2018

Monday, January 1st, 2018

Salman Akhtar

Good morning, and Happy New Year, everyone—the first day of 2018, after a tumultuous 2017.

In times like these, or at any time, it’s refreshing to read poetry, and I’m happy to say that our poet this morning is someone we’re honored to have on our pages, Salman Akhtar, who has contributed so much to our understanding of both poetry and psychoanalysis.

Dr. Akhtar, who comes from a family of renowned poets and writers in India, is himself the author of eleven poetry collections. I first encountered his work in a volume he edited called Between Hours: A Collection of Poems by Psychoanalysts (Karnac Books, 2012) and was struck by his poem in that book, “Summary.” With his permission, I was proud to include it in an anthology I edited, Climate of Opinion: Sigmund Freud in Poetry (IP Books, 2017).

Six of his eleven collections, The Hidden Knot (1985), Conditions (1993), Turned to Light (1998), After Landing (2014), Blood and Ink (2016), and Freshness of the Child (2018) contain his poems in the English language; the other five are in his native Urdu. He is also a prolific contributor to the psychoanalytic literature, having authored or edited eighty-nine books. For his distinguished contributions to psychoanalysis, he received the prestigious Sigourney Award in 2012. A psychiatrist, psychoanalyst and teacher by profession, Dr. Akhtar has been a Visiting Lecturer in Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and currently is Professor of Psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Supervising and Training Analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and (probably of the greatest interest to poets) a Scholar-in-Residence at the Inter-Act Theater Company in Philadelphia.

We hope you will enjoy the following three poems by Salman Akhtar: “The Limit of Instruction,” “A Wish,” and, reprinted here from Between Hours, “Summary.” In times like these, the third one is particularly instructive.

                                                                  –Irene Willis
                                                                     Poetry Editor




The Master said: Write every day even if later you throw it away.
The disciple said: But am I not to wait for the muse to arrive and for inspiration to arise? (more…)

Extreme Diamonds: Paul Valéry and the Last Centennial of 1917

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Extreme Diamonds: Paul Valéry and the Last Centennial of 1917: The French poet saw the coming collapse of  civilization. A hundred years later, his ‘The

POETRY MONDAY: December 3, 2017

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Janet MacFadyen

Good morning, everyone.  It’ s hard to believe we’re already in the middle of what everyone now calls “the holiday season,” which seems to begin while people are still carving pumpkins for Hallowe’en.  I hope you had a good Thanksgiving with family and friends.

The lively, happy young poet you see here is Janet MacFadyen, who is already well along in a poetry career that includes prize nominations, residencies and editorial positions.

The author of two well-regarded poetry collections, Waiting to Be Born (Dos Madres Press, 2017), and A Newfoundland Journal (Killick Press, 2019) as well as two chapbooks, she is the managing editor of Slate Roof Press and lives in western Massachusetts, where she also works as a free-lance editor.  Her work has been nominated for the Forward and Pushcart prizes and has appeared in numerous literary magazines, including  The Atlanta Review and Poetry.  She has held a nine-month residency at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, residencies at Cill Rialaig in Ireland, and the Fowler and C-Scape dune shacks in Provincetown.

I have to say that the energy and enthusiasm she shows in the photo above have paid off in her achievements thus far.  So here below, with pleasure, are three poems by Janet MacFadyen.

Irene Willis
                            Poetry Editor   (more…)

Announcement of Reading at Mocha Maya’s

Friday, November 10th, 2017

Dear Poetry-loving Friends (and those who would like to be):

This is just to tell you that I will be reading in the Collected Poets Series at Mocha Maya’s Coffee Shop, 47 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA, on Thursday, December 7. It begins at 7:oo p.m.

If you can get there, I would love to see you and say hello. Books will be available
for signing and purchase – the new one, Climate of Opinion: Sigmund Freud in Poetry, an anthology of poetry from many parts of the world, including quite a few from Massachusetts, as well as the previous one, Reminder, with only my own poems. I should also mention that food is there as well, and it’s very good.

Looking forward – and let’s hope the weather is with us,

–Irene Willis
Poetry Editor

POETRY MONDAY:  November 6, 2017

Monday, November 6th, 2017


                             Joan Cusack Handler

Good morning, everyone.  It’s hard to believe daylight savings time is about to end here in the Northeastern U.S., where the trees are splendidly scarlet and gold and poetry almost can’t compete.

Our poet today has a name that is already familiar to many of you who have purchased and read the lovely books produced under one of the imprints of CavanKerry Press since its founding in 2000 by Joan Cusack Handler and Florenz Eisman.

Joan herself is a poet and memoirist whose poems have been widely published in  literary journals, including several in Psychoanalytic Perspective, and have received The Sampler Award from Boston Review and five Pushcart nominations. She has four published collections: Confessions of Joan the Tall, a prose memoir, and three poetry collections: GlOrious, The Red Canoe: Love in Its Making and, most recently, Orphans, a verse memoir that presents three stories spoken in three voices (her mother’s, father’s and her own) in three different forms.

Informing all of her work, undoubtedly, are insights derived from the fact that she is a psychologist in clinical practice.

I’m happy that she has shared with us the three poems below, all from her newest book, Orphans.

                            –Irene Wills
                               Poetry Editor


Therapy Room

The coat rack that holds your coats also holds your names.
Each forty-five minutes a different one, from plump purple (more…)


Monday, September 4th, 2017



                      Barbara Ungar


 Welcome back to our poetry pages, everyone.  Happy Labor Day, if such is still possible in the world we’re facing right now.  Nevertheless, we carry on.  The hard work of labor unions over the years needs to be honored and rights maintained. It’s also back- to-school time for all the students and teachers among our readers, as well as a time of celebration and reflection.

Our poet for today, one whose work I encountered on (more…)

Yiddish Poet Celebrates Life with His Language

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Click Here to Read:  Yiddish Poet Celebrates Life with His Language By Joseph Berger In the New York Times on March 17, 1985.

POETRY MONDAY: June 5, 2017

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

To Our Readers:  I will be on vacation during July and August and want to wish you a happy summer. Poetry Monday  will be back in September.

                                  –Irene Willis
                                    Poetry Editor

E.J. Brunoski


Good morning, poetry readers! As you in the Northeastern U.S. have observed, it may actually be spring here at last. In fact, given this week’s forecast, we may even have some days that feel like summer. Leaves are back on the trees, which so far have managed to ignore climate change, and some flowers are open now, seeming happy and innocent of world affairs, as I am trying to be, focused on poetry today.

Our poet this month, a new one to me as well, is E. J. Brunoski, as she prefers to be known to poetry readers. Her other – and major – professional identity is as a full-time, practicing psychoanalyst in Manhattan who has taught, supervised and run clinics. As we all know, poetry and psychoanalysis have much in common, and Elizabeth Brunoski’s education and career are an example of that. She began as an English major and poet, went on to finish most of a doctorate in English literature for which, interestingly, her dissertation was a psychoanalytic study of Nijinsky. About that time, she realized where she really wanted to head in her career and switched to a doctoral program in clinical psychology and finished up in New York University’s postdoctoral program. (more…)

Reflections on Poetry and on Civic Poetry, in Particular

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

A note from our Poetry Editor, Irene Willis:

I recommend this excellent and timely article to all our readers.

Click Here to Read:  Reflections on Poetry and on Civic Poetry, in Particular by Jim Haba on April 20, 2017.

POETRY MONDAY: May 1, 2017

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Terry Lucas


I’m happy to present another award-winning poet to you today. Terry Lucas is the author of two full-length poetry collections, both of which came out in 2016: In This Room from CW Books in January and Dharma Rain, from Saint Julian Press in October. He has also published two award-winning chapbooks: Altar Call, selected by the 2013 San Gabriel Valley Literary Festival for the anthology, Diesel, and If They Have Ears to Hear, winner of the 2012 Copperdome Chapbook contest and published by Southeast Missouri State University Press in 2013. Among his many other writing awards were the 2014 Crab Orchard Review Feature Award in Poetry, the fifth annual Littoral Press Poetry Prize, and six Pushcart Prize nominations.

Lucas’ poems, reviews and essays have appeared in dozens of national literary journals, including Best New Poets 2012, Green Mountains Review, Great River Review, Poetry Flash, and South 85 Journal. He has taught in the Chicago public schools as a Master Poet in the Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center’s Writing Center, and is a guest lecturer for the Dominican University Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. A 2008 MFA graduate of New England College, he  is (more…)

POETRY MONDAY: April 3, 2017

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

James Cummins


Is it spring yet? Hard to know, since here in the Northeastern U.S. as I wrote this, we were in a storm that just got upgraded to “blizzard” status, and I could hardly see out of my Berkshire windows. But here we are, anyway, thinking about what makes us happy – poetry.

As befitting National Poetry Month, our poet today is one whose life and career are devoted to poetry. Curator of the Elliston Poetry Collection, where he is also a professor of English, James Cummins has published five books of poetry, the most recent of which is Still Some Cake (Carnegie Mellon Press). His others are The Whole Truth (North Point Press); Portrait in a Spoon (University of South Carolina Press); Then and Now (Swallow Press); and, co-authored with David Lehman, Jim and Dave Defeat the Masked Man (Soft Skull Press). But this is far from all. Honors for his work include poems selected for several Best American Poetry  (more…)

POETRY MONDAY: March 6, 2017

Monday, March 6th, 2017

Judy Rowe Michaels

The happy poet you see pictured here, hygge (cozy), as the Danes would say, with a cat on her lap absorbed in a book of poems from WordTech Editions, is a founding member of the poetry critique and performance group, “Cool Women” and a poet for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in New Jersey. A six-time cancer survivor, she also gives talks on ovarian cancer for “Survivors Teaching Students,” a program in over one hundred medical schools throughout the United States.

She has published three full-length poetry collections: The Forest of Wild Hands (University Press of Florida); Reviewing the Skull (WordTech Editions) and a chapbook, Ghost Notes (Finishing Line Press), as well as three books on teaching writing, most recently Catching Tigers in Red Weather (National Council of Teachers of English Press). A MacDowell Colony Fellow, she has held two poetry fellowships from the New Jersey State Arts Council and in 2015 won the New Jersey Poets Prize. (more…)

POETRY MONDAY: February 6, 2017

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Betty Lies

No, she doesn’t. It’s pronounced Lees, in case you wondered, and she’s one of the most truthful poets I know. Full disclosure: I’ve known and admired Betty Lies as a poet, educator and colleague for many years and in fact even blurbed one of her books, The Day After I Drowned (Cherry Grove Collections, 2010). I had the occasion to re-read it recently, and it resonated more strongly than ever. This is what poetry does for us – one of the many things it
does. For me, right now, having suffered a painful loss, her poems were as good as a grief support group. (more…)

POETRY MONDAY: January 2, 2017

Monday, January 2nd, 2017


Zara Raab

Happy New Year, everyone!  Well, it seems as if we’ve survived 2016  — and what a year it was.

Now, back to poetry, which is one of the things that helps us stay alive and human.

You must think so, too, or you wouldn’t be reading this page. Our poet today is someone whose sophisticated and mature work I had the pleasure of discovering only recently.  Zara Raab grew up in northern California, where her
grandparents’ grandparents settled in the 19th century.  Settled now in western Massachusetts, she works on-line in media communications and is putting together two new books, leading workshops in formal aspects of poetry and helping out at MassPoetry.

The author of two full-length collections, Swimming the Eel and Fracas and Asylum  (David Robert Books, 2011 (more…)