Merle Molofsky

Poet and psychoanalyst: read and resonate

Publications

Streets 1970, by Merle Molofsky

Cover Illustration by Hailey Doran

Introduction by Gerald J. Gargiulo

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"Merle Molofsky's 'Streets 1970' is a must read for anyone who wants a deeply thought-provoking, well written novel with dialogue and questions that both raises doubts and offers profound answers.  Merle is a gifted and highly intelligent story teller who paints her stories in words so descriptive you feel as if you are looking at her pictures, watching a movie or analyzing paintings.  The contents and topics are classic with incredible depth.  They are as relevant today as they were in the 1970s.  Do not miss this one!"

~ Judith Logue, Ph.D.


"Molofsky gives the reader a provocative dose of Americana that is equal parts poetic, visionary, gritty, mythical. Fans of her "Embodied by Word-Music", "Ladder of Words", and "Mad Crazy Love" will find the same engaging, amusing, and intellectually challenging style that she consistently delivers."
~ Brent Potter, Ph.D., Author, "Elements of Destruction".  


Embodied By Word Music, by Merle Molofsky

Embodied By Word Music By Merle Molofsky

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Embodied By Word Music is an essay by Merle Molofsky discussing the email correspondence over a two-year period of five poets: Gene Alexander, Paul Cooper, Merle Molofsky, Karen Morris and Les Von Losberg, that became what the five poets called The Poetry Posse.
The essay quotes many of the poems written and shared during that period.


Mad, Crazy Love

Love Poems and Mad Songs, by Merle Molofsky

Mad Crazy Love By Merle Molofsky
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The poems in Mad, Crazy Love were written in a time period spanning more than 50 years, from 1959 to 2011, and reflect the conflicts, issues, concerns that shaped manifestations of love and desire during that time. Gender roles, the sexual liberation movement, the feminist consciousness-raising movement, with the Viet Nam war, civil rights movement, and the war on poverty as a background, frame these most personal and passionate poems. In his introduction to this volume of poetry by Merle Molofsky, psychoanalyst and Zen practitioner Paul C. Cooper writes, "Merle's language unpacks itself in infinite directions covering the range of human emotion from despair to elation, from terror to delight, from indignation to acceptance, from violence to tenderness among others and she welcomes the reader in the whole way."


Ladder of Words By Merle Molofsky

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Ladder of Words, by Merle Molofsky, with an introduction by noted clinical psychologist Lawrenece LeShan, is a collection of poems spanning four decades, from the 1970s through the first decade of the 21st century.
The collection is shaped by the author's love of literature and the arts, her study and practice of psychoanalysis, and her interest in mythology, religion, spirituality, and world cultures.
The title is taken from Ludwig Wittgenstein's description of a "ladder of words," once proven useless, that we pull up behind us.


Correspondences

Correspondences By Gene Alexander, Les Von Losberg, Karen Morris, Paul Cooper, Merle Molofsky

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This book is a collection of poems from five poets who, for two years, sent their work and their responses in the form of more poems, back and forth to each other.


FURTHER POETRY, FICTION & DRAMA PUBLICATIONS

  • “Forward” to Love Outraged and the Liberation of the Core Self by Franklin Sollars, University Professors Press, 2016
  • Kaddish for Rose, poem, in Bitterroot, Vol. XVII, No. 65/66. Autumn/Winter 178/1979 
  • Burning Circle, poem, in Bitterroot, Vol. XVIII, No. 67/68, Spring/Summer 1979
  • Reflections, poem, in Bitterroot, Vo. XVIII, No. 69, Autumn 1979.
  • The Informing of the Universe, poem, in Bitterroot, Vol. XVIII, No. 70, Winter 1979/Spring 1980
  • Clarity, poem, in Bitterroot, Vol. XVIII, No. 72, Summer 1980
  • Kakuan’s Eighth Bull, poem, in Bitterroot, Vol. XVIII, No. 73, Autumn 1980, and in Notes for a Journey, Poets Union Press
  • Dream Image Eight: The Dream of the Poet Superiors, poem, in Bitterroot, Vol. XIX, No. 74/75, Winter 1980  (Note: On the Death of a Friend, a poem by Merle's father Samuel Molofsky, is also in this issue.)
  • A Loss of Perspective, poem, in Bitterroot, Vol. XIX, No. 76, Summer 1981
  • Rain Like Diamonds, poem, in Bitterroot, Vol. IX, No. 77, Winter 1981, and in Notes for a Journey, Poets Union Press
  • Viewing Catfish and Ducks at the Charles River, poem, in Bitterroot, Vol. XX, No. 78, Spring 1982
  • Sojourner’s Respite: Upon the Long High Plateau, poem, in Bitterroot, Vol. XX, No. 79, Summer 1982
  • Office on Second Street, poem, in Bitterroot, Vol. XX, No. 80/81, Winter 1982/Spring 1983
  • Gypsy, poem, in Landscapes, Brooklyn College, Fall 1959
  • Grail Green, a chapter from a novel, under the name Merle Chianese, in Storefront: Notes from the Lower Sonoran Region, Aware Press, 1972
  • Permutations of a Game; Fetish; Dialogue; Back Alley Song; Communion; Never Could See; Female, poems,  in Brooklyn Ferry, 10 New York Poets, Brooklyn Ferry Poets Cooperative, 1975
  • First Death Experiment, poem, in riverrun, Brooklyn College, 1978
  • Upstate Alchemy, poem, in riverrun, Brooklyn College, 1979
  • Shape-Shifting Exercises One: Shaman; Shape-Shifting Exercises Two: Seal from the Sea; Shape-Shifting Exercises Three: Slave, in riverrun, Brooklyn College, 1980
  • Border Crossing; Gathering; This Appears to be a Desert, poems, in riverrun, Brooklyn College, 1981
  • Senior Erector Set; Collector’s item, poems, in riverrun, Brooklyn College, 1984
  • A Final Scarlet Shriek, poem, in Junction, Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring 1978
  • The Unveiling, short story; How Things Do Change, poem, in Junction, Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring 1979
  • Las Niñas, poem Workshop 1, Poets Union Press, 1978
  • His Lady Accuses the Tin Soldier; The Tin Soldier Rebukes His Lady, poems, in Workshop 2, Poets Union Press, 1982
  • Trap One; Trap Two; Trap Three; Angels Descend, poems, in The Smith, Vol. 20, 1978
  • Blueprint, poem, in Velvet Wings, Vol. 3, 1977
  • The Residue of Desire, short story, in Junction, Vol. 5, # 1, Spring 1978
  • We Saw Wild Women, poem, in Velvet Wings, Vol. 5, 1978
  • Shape-Shifting Exercises Seven: imitatio; Paintings of Plum Blossoms as Poems, poems, in The Helen Review, 1979
  • The Unveiling, short story, in Junction, Vol. 6, # 1, 1979.
  • For Lee; A Topical Disease,poem, in Pig Iron, No. 7, May 1980
  • Memento Mori; Flight; Dhnanati; Stepping Stones; The Shadows of Silk Trees, poems, in Scrivener, Vol. 4, No. 1, Winter 1983, McGill University
  • Fragments; Descent and Passage Underground, poems, in Local, Zone Press, 1977
  • Incubus; Fair Game; Shape-Shifting Exercises Four: The Alchemist Sacrifices His Daughter; Shape-Shifting Exercises Five: The Alchemist’s Riddle; Elegy; Sister Claire-Luz, Reader and Advisor; War Stories Three: Sackful of Screams, poems, in Hexagram, Poets Union Press, 1977
  • Train, poem, in The Westchester Review, Vol. 1, 2007
  • An Uprising or Minor War, poem, in The Westchester Review, Vol. 2, 2008
  • “Grail Green,” a one act play, in Other/Wise, Vol. 6, Fall 2011.
  • "Three Street Koans", a one act play, in Other/Wise, Vol. 8, Fall 2012.
  • Produced playwright, “Kool-Aid”, Forum Theater of Lincoln Center, New York City, 1971; numerous small press publications of poetry and fiction.

 REVIEWS PUBLISHED BY THE IFPE WEBSITE

As one of the Editors of Other/Wise, at www.ifpe.org
(reviews no longer available online)
REVIEW OF “FREUD’S LAST SESSION” 

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      Book Reviews

  • Book Review of Cataclysm and Other Arrangements by Kagayaki Karen Morris, Three Stones Press: Honesdale, PA, 2014, 67 pp, in The Psychoanalytic Review, Volume 103, Number 4, August 2016, pp. 581-584
  • “Remembering the Overlooked Woman”, Book Review of A Perfect Portrait: A Novel Set in Eighteenth Century Weimar, Germany, by Peter Petschauer, Perspektiven Presse, 2016, 233pp, in Clio’s Psyche, Volume 23, Number 1, Fall 2016, pp. 82-84.
  • Book Review of Winnicott’s Babies and Winnicott’s Patients: Psychoanalysis as Transitional Space by Margaret Boyle Spelman, Karnac Books Ltd, London, 2013, 168pp, in The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Volume 76, Number 2, June 2016, pp. 215-217
  • Review of A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz.Review of The Story of A Life by Aharon Appelfeld.
  • Review of MADMAN: Strange Adventures of A PsychologyIntern, by John Suler.Review of Braided Selves: Collected Essays on Multiplicity, God, and Persons, by Pamela Cooper White, Cascade Books, 2011, in The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Volume 74, Volume 4, December 2014, pp. 420-422.
  • Review of Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran, by Gohar Homayounpour, The MIT Press, 2010, in The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Volume 74, Number 3, September 2014, pp. 292-295.

 

In the Art Exhibits category:


  • Review  of Shattering Glass: New Perspectives and SteinnunThorarinsdottir: Horizons at Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah,New York.
  • Review of Fred Sandback at David Zwirner.
  • Review of “Contemporary Traditionalists.”
  • Review of “Inscriptions II: The Eloquent Brush,” by Yale Epstein, at Albert Shahinian Fine Arts Gallery, Hudson, NY
  • Review of “Contemporary Traditionalists.”
  • Review of “Inscriptions II: The Eloquent Brush,” by Yale Epstein, at Albert Shahinian Fine Arts Gallery, Hudson, NY

In the Music category:

  • Review of Gathering in the Light, Baird Hersey and Prana with Krishna Das, CD produced by Baird Hersey, Bearsville, NY, 2007.

CD REVIEW by Merle Molofsky

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In the Plays Category:




Psychoanalytic and Other Publications

  • “Everything is Fiction”, Other/Wise, Issue Three, Winter 2015
  • “Taiko, Japanese drumming: the light returns, our hearts beat, the body knows”, Chapter Three, pp. 27-39, in Myths of Mighty Women, edited by Arlene Kramer Richards and Lucille Spira, Karnac Books Ltd., London: 2015.
  • Review of Transsexuality and the Art of Transitioning: A Lacanian Approach, by Oren Gozlan, London: Routledge, 2015, 104pp., in The Psychoanalytic Review, Volume 102, Number 3, June 2015, pp. 423-426. 
  • Review of The Total Transference and the Complete Counter-Transference: The Kleinian Psychoanalytic Approach , with More Disturbed Patients, by Robert Waska, Jason Aronson, Lanham, Maryland: 2012, 173pp., in The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Volume 75, Number 2, June 2015, pp. 237-240.
  • Book review of Unbraided Selves: Collected Essays on Multiplicity, God, and Persons, by Pamela Cooper White, Cascade Books, 2011, in The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Volume 74, Volume 4, December 2014, pp. 420-422.
  • Book review of Doing Psychoanalysis in Tehran, by Gohar Homayounpour, The MIT Press, 2010, in The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Volume 74, Number 3, September 2014, pp. 292-295.
  • “Teaching Professional Ethics in Psychoanalytic Institutes:  Engaging the Inner Ethicist, The Psychoanalytic Review, Volume 101, Number 2, April 2014, pp. 198-217.
  • “We Don’t Need a Weatherman, We Need Poetry”, Clio’s Psyche, Volume 20, Number 3, December 2013, Special Issue on Poetry and Psychohistory, pp. 310-314.
  • “Transgressors”, The Psychoanalytic Review, 100th Anniversary Edition, Volume 100, Number 5, October 2013, p. 767.
  • "The Music of Awakening:  Journey Toward Epiphany", Other/Wise Uncut, Volume 1, Spring 2013.
  • "The Many Masks of Empathy", Clio's Psyche, Volume 20, Number 1, June 2013, pp. 13-17.
  • "Storying: Black History in Black Culture", book review of Kevin Young, The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness, 2012, in Clio's Psyche, Volume 19, Number 4, March 2013, pp. 480-483.
  • “A Psychoanalytic Guide to Kabbalah”, book review of Kabbalah and Psychoanalysis, by Michael Eigen, Karnac Books, London: 2012, in Tikkun, July 9, 2013.
  • Contributing Forum member to "Shooting Children in Newtown, Connecticut: A Collage of Impressions of the Newtown Massacre", by Paul H. Elovitz and the Clio's Psyche Listserv, Clio's Psyche, Volume 19, Number 4, March 2013, pp. 419-460, 18 citations.  
  • "The Language of Yes in a World of No:  A Gay Man Rediscovers His Silenced Self", The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Volume 73, Number 1, March 2013, pp. 43-61.
  • "The Music of Awakening", Chapter One in Defining Moments for Therapists, edited by Serge Prengel and Lynn Somerstein, LifeSherpa, New York, 2013, pp. 5-13.
  • Book review of Restoring the Mind of Black America, Eddie Taylor, African American Images, 2011, in Clio's Psyche, Special Issue on the Psychology of Violence and the Uses of Enemies, Volume 19, Number 3, December 2012.
  • "Fear, Shame, and Animal Aversion", Clio's Psyche, Volume 19, Number 1, June 2012, special Issue on The Psychology of Human-Animal Relationships, pp. 19-23.
  •     "Anxiety of Influence or Influence Easing Anxiety?", Clio's Psyche, Volume 18, Number 4, March 2012, special issue on Creative Lives: Part II, Psychobiographical Approaches, pp. 418-420.
  • Book review of The Zen Impulse and the Psychoanalytic Encounter, Paul C. Cooper, Routledge, 2010, in The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, Vol. 71, No. 3, September 2011.
  • “Film Note: Trauma, Memory, and Guilt:  Ari Folman’s Waltz with Bashir,The Psychoanalytic Review, Vol. 97, No. 6, December 2010.
  • Correspondences, 14 poems, ed. Gene Alexander, Lulu Press, 2010, pp. 51-62.
  • “Captured and Enraptured by the Muse:  Psychoanalysts Discussing Poetry,” Other/Wise, Vol. 3, spring 2010.
  • “My Mother as My Ego Ideal,” Clio’s Psyche, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2010, special issue on The Psychology of Ego Ideals, Heroes, Mentors, and Role Models, pp. 365-370.
  • “A Meditation on Energy Work and the Chinese Concept of Mind: Psychoanalytic Applications,” Other/Wise, Vol. 2, Fall 2009.
  • Review of Emotional Storm, Michael Eigen, The Psychoanalytic Review, Vol. 95, 2008, pp. 669-673.
  • “Ethics, Ethos, and Dualities: Self and Culture, Talking in Tongues,” Journal of Religion and Health, Vol. 46, No. 1, March 2007, pp. 51-62.
  • Three entries in The Edinburgh International Encyclopaedia of Psychoanalysis, General Editor Ross M. Skelton, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2006.
  • “Response to Marvin Krims’s Correspondence Between an Elizabethan Woman and Her Psychoanalyst: Beatrice on the Couch”, The Psychoanalytic Review, Volume 92, No. 1, February 2005.
  • “Empathy, Identification, and Discovering the Other,” Chapter 10 in Psychotherapy and Religion: Many Paths, One Journey, eds. Marcella Bakur Weiner, Paul C. Cooper, Claude Barbre, Jason Aronson Press, New York, 2005, pp. 267-289.
  • “ “Film Note: The Return”, The Psychoanalytic Review, Vol. 91, No. 6, December 2004.
  • “Obsessive Drawing: I Can’t Stop Thinking About – “, The Psychoanalytic Review, Vol. 90, No. 5, October 2003, pp. 753-759.
  • “Aloneness With Aesthetic Pleasure:  A Developmental Step Reflected in Memory and Dream,” The Psychoanalytic Review, Vol. 89, No. 2, April 2002.
  • “A History of The Member-in-Training Organization”, Fifty Years: 1948-1998, The National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, NPAP, pp. 105-130.
  • Book review of In the Realm of the Unreal: ‘Insane’ Writings, ed. John G. H. Oakes with Donald Kennison, Four Walls Eight Windows Press, in American Book Review, Vol. 14, No. 2, June-July 1992, pp. 16 & 25.
  • Book review of Waiting and After, poems by Pierre Boenig-Scherel, Sulzburger & Graham Publishing, in The Arts in Psychotherapy, vol. 18, No. 2, 1991, pp. 171-173.
  • Book review of The Talking Cure: Literary Representations of Psychoanalysis, Jeffrey Berman, New York University Press, in The Arts in Psychotherapy, Vol. 14, 1987, pp. 345-346.
  • Notes for a Journey, chapbook, Poets Union Press, 1985.
  • OF NOTE:  Numerous presentations at conferences and seminars.