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  • Scientific Program Meeting

    On Poetry and Psychoanalysis

    Free For Members & NYPSI Students

    Tuesday, October 18, 2016
    8:00 PM

    Presenter: Eugene Mahon, MD
    Discussant: Theodore Jacobs, MD

    Baudelaire suggested that the poet's imagination is the most scientific of all faculties since it alone comprehends the "universal analogy," by which he meant that poetry neglects no facet of human existence, not even those disgusting or terrifying facets that tend to turn the stomach. But isn't psychoanalysis the science that also neglects no facet of human experience as it doggedly investigates, free association by free association, all affects, conflicts, dreams, symptoms, character traits, etc.? This analogy between the work of psychoanalysis and the work of the poem is examined in depth. The writings of Robert Frost, Seamus Heaney, William Shakespeare, Marianne Moore, Virginia Woolf and, especially, W. B. Yeats are used to illustrate the argument.

    2 CME/CE credits offered

    $15 - General Admission
    $10 - Student Admission (non NYPSI)

    New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
    247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
    The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium


    Dr. Eugene Mahon is a Training and Supervising Analyst on the faculty of the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He is also a member of The Contemporary Freudian Society and of The Center for Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies, Princeton. Dr. Mahon has published many psychoanalytic articles on such diverse topics as dreams, play, parapraxes, humor, creativity, working through, screen memories, the uncanny, repression, and the Oedipus complex. He has published several articles on Shakespeare and, also, on Coleridge and Oscar Wilde. His plays (Yesterday’s Silence, In The Company of Ghosts, A Mouthful of Air, Anna and Sigmund at the Rue Royale, A Freud Vitruvius Dialogue) have been published in JAPA and in Art Criticism (SUNY Stony Brook). He has published poetry in The Antioch Review, The Irish Times and in Between Hours (ed. Salman Akhtar). Two books, A Psychoanalytic Odyssey and Rensal The Redbit (a psychoanalytic fairytale), were published in 2014. Dr. Mahon, who is on the editorial board of The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, practices child and adult psychoanalysis in New York City.

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