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Reiner, A. (2008). The Language of the Unconscious: Poetry and Psychoanalysis. Psychoanal. Rev., 95(4):597-624.

(2008). Psychoanalytic Review, 95(4):597-624

The Language of the Unconscious: Poetry and Psychoanalysis

Annie Reiner, Ph.D., PsyD, LCSW

It would be useful if we could recognize that all these various disciplines—music, painting, psycho-analysis and so on ad infinitum—are engaged on the same search for truth.

Wilfred Bion Four Discussions with W. R. Bion (1978)

It is difficult

to get the news from poems

yet men the miserably every day

for lack

of what is found there.

—William Carlos Williams

The preceding lines from Williams' (1968) poem “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower” could also be said to be true of psychoanalysis.

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