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"Poetry's Psyche and Psyche's Poetry" Featuring David L. Miller, Ph.D.

  • The First Unitarian Church 21600 Shaker Boulevard Shaker Heights, OH, 44122 United States (map)

Dates: Lecture - 4/23/10 | Workshop - 4/24/10

Time: Lecture 7 - 9p.m. | Workshop 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Lecture: C.G. Jung said to the poet Miguel Serrano, "Nobody understands what I mean. Only a poet could begin to understand." In his Friday evening lecture, noted author Dr. David L. Miller will explore the possibility that a poetic quality is crucial to a truly depth psychology; not poetic in a Romantic sense but in a Modernist and Postmodernist sense. Jung's view that poetry "needs no meaning, for meaning has nothing to do with art" will be the point of departure for the evening's reflections.

Workshop: The Saturday workshop will further explore Friday's theme, and include discussion of particular poems drawn from the works of W.S. Merwin, Emily Dickinson, Billy Collins, Sharon Olds, Theodore Roethke, Maya Angelou, A.R. Ammons, Denise Levertov, Rainer Maria Rilke, Delmore Schwartz, and Wallace Stevens.

2.0 CEU’s are available for Friday’s lecture ($10). 4.5 CEU’s are available for Saturday’s session ($25). If attending both sessions for CEU’s, the cost is $35.

About the Presenter: David L. Miller, Ph.D., is Watson-Ledden Professor of Religion Emeritus at Syracuse University and a retired core faculty member of Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, Calif. He is an honorary member of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and the International Association of Analytical Psychology. Since 1963 Dr. Miller has worked at the intersections of religions and mythologies, literatures and literary theory, and depth psychology. He is the author of six books and more than 100 articles and book chapters. For more information see Dr. Miller's Web site:

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