Monday, January 6, 2014

Creases in Culture: Essays Toward a Poetics of Depth

January 6, 2014 - Press Release

Just Published by Fisher King Press

Creases in Culture
Essays Toward a Poetics of Depth

by Dennis Patrick Slattery

This collection of essays, written over a period of years, entertains the shared place of psyche and poetics. Dr. Slattery has explored the manner in which the psyche is poetic and how poetry is deeply psycho-mythical. Influenced in part by the archetypal psychologist James Hillman's idea of the "poetic basis of mind" that comprises the soul's foundation, Slattery's writing moves into the interactive field in which myth is the ground for both psyche and poetry. The essays develop a further understanding of what has been called mythopoiesis, the fundamental myth-making and shaping capacity of the soul.

If the task of depth psychology is to track the movement of the invisible through the visible forms of the world, then Dennis Slattery is a master psychologist. In Creases he lifts the depth dimensions of everyday tools from metaphor to motorcycles into view, and explicates the condign from Dante to Dostoevsky. Creases opens a fascinating aperture into a deeper realm which courses just below the surface of our daily lives. —James Hollis, Ph.D., Jungian analyst and author.