The Analyst

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Published by W.W. Norton

When her psychoanalyst became a painter after surviving a stroke, the distinguished and beloved poet Molly Peacock, her longtime patient, took up a unique task. The Analyst is a new, visceral, twenty-first-century In Memoriamin which Peacock brilliantly tells the story of a decades-long patient-therapist relationship that now reverses and continues to evolve. Peacock invigorates the notion of poetry as word-painting: a tapestry of images, from a red enameled steamer on a black stove to Tibetan monks funneling glowing sand into a mandala, create the backdrop to this quest to define identity.