2014 Reading List

Book Title Author The Souls Code James Hillman The Demon and the Angel: Searching for the Source of Artistic Inspiration Edward Hirsch Folk Tales from Russia Olga Shartse The Earth-Gnome Wanda Gag Stealing Sugar From the Castle Robert Bly The Golden Age of Folk and Fairy  Tales: from Brothers Grimm to Andrew Lang Jack Zipes […]

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Sending a Voice

Sending A Voice Written by Martin Shaw As I sit by the window looking out at the spluttering rain that seems to constitute a Devon spring, it seems hard to conceive that in just six weeks it will be time for the 39th Great Mother Conference. After an autumn and winter where the conference seemed […]

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The Woman With The Gold Between Her Teeth

The Woman With The Gold Between Her Teeth The Four Tasks of Desire  A letter by Martin Shaw The Great Mother Conference June 1st-9th 2013 “Between my breasts there are quails, they must think I’m a tree. The swans think I’m a fountain, they all come down and drink when I talk” -Gloria Fuertes We live […]

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Requests for Toy Piano

  Requests for Toy Piano A poem by Tony Hogland Play the one about the family of the ducks where the ducks go down to the river and one of them thinks the water will be cold but then they jump in anyway and like it and splash around. No, I must play the one […]

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2013 Reading List

Book Title Author Amor and Psyche: The Psychic Development of the Feminine Erich Neumann Alchemy of the Soul: The Eros and Psyche Myth as a Guide to Transformation Martin Lowenthal The Golden Ass of Apuleius: The Liberation of the Feminine in Man Marie-Louise Von Franz The Myth of Analysis James Hillman The Moon and the […]

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Stealing Sugar from the Castle

Stealing Sugar from the Castle A poem by Robert Bly We are poor students who stay after school to study joy. We are like those birds in the India mountains. I am a widow whose child is her only joy. The only thing I hold in my ant-like head Is the builder’s plan of the […]

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Bougainvillea A Poem by Matthew Dickman I like the inner lives of the silverware; the fork, the spoon, the knife. I appreciate how they each have a different reference toward god, how the fork is Muslim, the spoon, like a stone, is Buddhist, how the knife is Roman Catholic— always worried, always having a hard time forgiving people, the knife kneeling down in […]

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The Raven of Chaw Gully

Walking the Story A Story by Martin Shaw What follows is a ‘walking the story’ – Martin Shaw walking the land (in this case Dartmoor National Park in England) – covering a physical geography that features in the Devon folktale; ‘The Raven of Chaw Gully’. It is part of a wider forthcoming book where he […]

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How This Wealth Came to Be

How This Wealth Came to Be A Poem by Robert Bly It’s hard to know how all this wealth came to be. Ishmael was not created from a fight with a whale. The ocean is not wild enough to have created Melville’s soul. The hungry one in us did not come from seed. Our old […]

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