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Macmillan, A. (2002). Countering the Reality of Gravity: Literary Invitations to Alternative Psychotherapeutic Understanding. Free Associations, 9(3):341-352.

(2002). Free Associations, 9(3):341-352

Countering the Reality of Gravity: Literary Invitations to Alternative Psychotherapeutic Understanding

Angus Macmillan

I Want You to Begin by reading an extract from The Man Made of Rain, by the Irish poet, Brendan Kennelly (1998), where he describes visions he saw after undergoing major heart surgery:

“There are those who'd say you're not normal”,

said the man made of rain.

‘Follow me. Better still, walk with me’.

He lifted the pain from me

like you'd lift a cap from your head.

I walked with him.

Always the colours.

Now, the pictures.

A hill.

We climbed it.

I fell.

He picked me up.

There was such strength in the rain

unsuspected strength, the strength of drab.

neglected women and men!

A lime-kiln.

I went down into it.

I tasted the lime.

It changed to fountain-water

that cooled punishment

and made a pact with brutality.

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