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Posted 7.25.12

"Lately, I have been drawing much of the inspiration for my poems from my reading of psychological case studies. I'm speaking mostly about textbooks and other source material that contain actual dialoguebetween patient and therapist. Some examples from my current reading are Danny Wedding's 'Case Studies in Psychotherapy,' Oltmanns's 'Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology,' and Freud's 'The Wolfman and Other Cases.' Besides being utterly fascinating, they give me a deep insight into the mind of some everyday and not so everyday people. I have been composing dialogue poems, which end up reading more like tiny plays. I have also been using them as inspiration for 'dream' poems. I see these case studies as being a great tool for both poets and fiction writers alike."
M. A. Vizsolyi, author of The Lamp With Wings: Love Sonnets (Harper Perennial, 2011)

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