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Readings from a poetry anthology “A Celebration of WNY Poets”

On Friday, February 21st, 2014, from 7:30-9:30pm at The Analytical Psychology Society of Western New York [The C.G. Jung Center 408 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202], Western New York poets cordially invite you to experience readings from a forthcoming poetry anthology titled, “A Celebration of WNY Poets.”

The above-mentioned anthology is being released by a new publisher called White Buffalo Publications, with cover artwork by Michael Morgulis, and features the works of a number of Buffalo poets. Many of these poets will be gathering to read selected poems from the book, and the general public is invited to attend the event at the CG Jung Center. According to broadcast journalist and promoter Susan Marie, most of the book will be viewable at the event, and ways of obtaining the anthology will be provided*. This event is a chance to preview the poetry in a most unusual way – the works are to be read by the featured poets!

February 21, 2014 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm | Reception to follow readings
CG Jung Center | 408 Franklin Street, Side Entrance | Buffalo, NY 14202

Participating poets include Ann Goldsmith, Karen Lee Lewis, Gunilla Kester, Celeste Lawson, Susan Marie, Kathy Tussing, Jane Sadowsky and Geoffrey Gatza.

*The anthology will be nationally released, focusing on the history and significance of the Western New York literary scene. Limited copies of the book will also be available at The Buffalo Small Press Book Fair on April 5th – Learn more.

Following is a Q&A with Susan Marie:

1. Is this a book that is for sale, or that people can acquire?

YES a full anthology of many poets, not just the ones reading. A website is being made as we speak for acquiring the book.

2. Is that what poets will be reading from?

YES, the poets mentioned will read from their submitted works in this anthology.

3. When did this process start, where and why and by whom?

This small press began last year, by Patricia Tansey. She wished to give another outlet and a new press for poets and writers in Buffalo and Western New York.

4. If this is a pre-launch event, what is launching? The book, the effort, the readings?

This is a pre launch event for the book itself. The title of the book is “A Celebration of WNY Poets” All that you mention. There will be several events to follow after February.

5. Who was Jung and why do we have a center?

Is this a trick question? *smile* Carl Jung was a Swiss psychologist and psychotherapist that focused on analytical psychology. He delved into aspects of the collective unconscious, archetypes, dream states. Much of what writing, art, poetry involves. Jung proposed that art is healing and often represents personal explorations of the artist. Buffalo has a Jung Center dedicated to bringing together psychology, art and culture in Buffalo. The programs focus on depth psychology and the life of the imagination inspired by the work of Carl Jung and include classes, workshops and presentations by local writers, poets and scholars as well as Jungian analysts from the US and abroad. They also host receptions for prominent and emerging Western NY artists. Buffalo is an amazing city, full of rich history, outstanding venues, and things yet to be discovered by many.

6. How does this event relate with the works of Jung?

The anthology as a whole, not all of the writing, but some of it, is based upon the collective unconscious and the idealism Jung studied and wrote of such as dream states, archetypes, analytical thinking. Most of art and the creative process is based upon the various subject matters that are original to Jung. The Jung Center is the ideal venue to introduce this anthology to the public.

Carl Jung stated in an essay, On the Relation of Analytical Psychology to Poetry,  “. . . the special significance of a true work of art resides in the fact that it has escaped from the limitations of the personal and has soared beyond the personal concerns of its creator . . . One might almost describe it [art] as a living being that uses man only as a nutrient medium, employing his capacities according to its own laws and shaping itself to the fulfillment of its own creative purpose.” 

In the words of Jung himself, “The creative process, so far as we are able to follow it at all, consists in the unconscious activation of an archetypal image, and in elaborating and shaping this image into the finished work. By giving it shape, the artist translates it into the language of the present, and so makes it possible for us to find our way back to the deepest springs of life. Therein lies the social significance of art: it is constantly at work educating the spirit of the age, conjuring up the forms in which the age is most lacking. The unsatisfied yearning of the artist reaches back to the primordial image in the unconscious which is best fitted to compensate the inadequacy and one-sidedness of the present. The artist seizes on this image, and in raising it from deepest unconsciousness he brings it into relation with conscious values, thereby transforming it until it can be accepted by the minds of his contemporaries according to their powers.”

Participating poets include Ann Goldsmith, Karen Lee Lewis, Gunilla Kester, Celeste Lawson, Susan Marie, Kathy Tussing, Jane Sadowsky and Geoffrey Gatza.

C G Jung Center | 408 Franklin St, Buffalo, New York 14202

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Please join us for a stellar event with respected and accomplished writers and editors at The Analytical Psychology Society of Western NY to study and share the work of C.G. Jung and related contemporary thought. – Susan Marie

(Most of the anthology is a representation of how words, images, and metaphors of poetry contribute to a transforming of consciousness and experience, and lead to personal and collective discovery.)

White Buffalo logo: Michael Morgulis – The logo symbolizes a time of peace and renewal in Native American culture in order to bring light into the world through poetry.

Book edited and press belonging to Patricia Tansey

The event is free and various refreshments will be provided. Donations are appreciated, not required.

 

Written by queenseyes

queenseyes

Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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