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Essay On Psychiatrists

Rating: 3.9
I. Invocation

It‘s crazy to think one could describe them—
Calling on reason, fantasy, memory, eves and ears—
As though they were all alike any more

Than sweeps, opticians, poets or masseurs.
Moreover, they are for more than one reason
Difficult to speak of seriously and freely,
And I have never (even this is difficult to say
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Julia Luber 25 March 2019
Very long poem. I can handle only a little at a time. I get that this is about psychiatrists and comparing them to various Classical Gods of literary folklore? Somewhat sensual through an erudite telescope?
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Sandra Feldman 10 November 2015
Maybe the poet does need psychiatric HELP!
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Kim Barney 10 November 2015
Give me a break. That's not a poem; it's a drudgery.
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Sandra Feldman 10 November 2015
I quite reading after XIII. If you went till the end, I congratulate you, you are a courageous man! Your comment was impeccable and so true.
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Susan Williams 10 November 2015
I wonder if Pinsky ever heard of the value of brevity. If the poem were the telling of a story, I could read it with interest. But I prefer my lectures delivered by prose
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Ramesh T A 10 November 2015
A very long poem on psychiatrists is difficult to through as it is rather an essay to read!
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Kay Staley 10 November 2015
Wow such a long poem. Love the broken flow of thoughts and dictation. The best part where he says not even about sanity (which means health, an impossible perfection) . How charmingly disarming. It makes you feel crazy and in need of a psychiatrist when you have finally finished reading it. Stream of consciousness is overwhelmingly present in this poem. It make me wonder about the mind of the author. I very much enjoyed reading these jumbled thoughts but would not recommend to the average person reading poetry. I wish I could criticize this poem which breaks every rule that I unnecessarily put on words, but it is too much of an irony and too hard for me to understand that I cant criticize it.
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Musawir Raakh 10 November 2015
Jesus Christ, was it a poem or book?
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Seema Jayaraman 10 November 2015
Whew quite a looooong one, have to admit, need some more time on this to finish the whole set.. but the first few that I read.. psychiatrists - such a taboo subject even today.. and so many perspectives added here.. thanks for sharing
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Ratnakar Mandlik 10 November 2015
Amazing! The poet had that much patience to think so much and pen such a lengthy essay in lyrical form on the most dreaded subject. Hats off for the perseverance.10+++
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Rahman Henry 10 November 2015
A bunch of poems.......
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