J. David Frankel Memorial - Poetry and Psychoanalysis
edited by Catherine Witzling, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.
David Frankel passed away in 2012 before he had a chance to walk with his fellow SFCP graduates in our spring graduation ceremony. Besides being a psychoanalyst, psychologist and cyclist – to name just a few of David’s activities – he was also a wonderful poet who throughout his life sought to support the arts. Knowing David’s passions and wishes, his wife, Paula Levine, established the J. David Frankel Memorial Fund for Poetry and Psychoanalysis last year. On November 2nd, the SFCP community along with local poets and performers joined with David Frankel’s family and friends to honor his memory and support this fund. Laurie Goldsmith, Myrna Frankel and Wendy Stern organized the luncheon venue in consultation with Paula Levine and Alice Jones, who emceed a moving program of poetry reading. Along with selected and authored readings by SFCP members, we were all treated to an array of David’s poems read – or, rather, performed - by David’s friends who donned the cabbie caps of David’s former stint as cabbie, poet/therapist in San Francisco. They regaled us with such witty and exuberant works as “I Love the New York Times!” and a poem about picking up Bob Dylan after his concert. For those who missed it, a bound collection of David’s poems has been donated to the SFCP’s library. The event raised over $2600 to support psychoanalysis and poetry at SFCP.