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2016 - 2017 Poetry and Psychoanalysis

We invite you to a two-day immersion in thinking about the interaction of poetry and trauma with poet and essayist Gregory Orr. Sponsored by the Poetry & Psychoanalysis Program* at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis, all events will be held at SFCP, 444 Natoma Street, San Francisco.

Program Title:
Trauma, Poetry and the Emerging Word: A Weekend with Gregory Orr
Date & Time:
Friday, May 19, 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017
07:00pm - 08:00pm
10:30am - 03:30pm
Gregory Orr
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
444 Natoma Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Program Fee:
Friday's Event
$ 15.00     Suggested Program Fee

Saturday's Event
$ 75.00     Program Fee
$ 20.00     Optional On-Site Lunch
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Program Schedule

Friday, May 19, 2017
07:00pm - 08:00pm Gregory Orr Poetry Reading
Saturday, May 20, 2017
10:30am - 12:15pm Gregory Orr Interview with Susan Kolodny
involving a discussion of selected poems, the role of the unconscious in his creative process, imagery, and language.
12:15pm - 01:15pm Lunch
01:15pm - 02:15pm Gregory Orr Presentation on Trauma and Poetry
02:15pm - 03:00pm Psychoanalytic Reflections by Alice Jones
03:00pm - 03:30pm Q&A and Closing Thoughts


Gregory Orr is the author of eleven collections of poetry and two memoirs on poetry and trauma, “The Blessing,” and “Poetry as Survival.” Much of his early work is concerned with seminal events from his childhood including a hunting accident when he was twelve in which he accidently shot and killed his younger brother, followed shortly by his mother’s unexpected death, and his father’s later addiction to amphetamines. Some of the poems that deal explicitly with these incidents include “A Litany,” “A Moment,” and “Gathering the Bones Together,” in which he declares: “I was twelve when I killed him;/ I felt my own bones wrench from my body.” In the opening of his essay, ”The Making of Poems,” broadcast on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” Orr said, ”I believe in poetry as a way of surviving the emotional chaos, spiritual confusions, and traumatic events that come with being alive.”

*Offered in conjunction with the Outreach Program and the Year Long Course on Trauma of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and supported by The J David Frankel Memorial Fund for Poetry and Psychoanalysis.




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