Transformations: Nearing the End of Life: Dreams and Visions


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Chiron Publications
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5.98 X 0.41 X 9.02 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

Phyllis Stowell received a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, an MA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State (University) and a PhD in Poetry and Depth Psychology from Union Institute and University. She is Professor Emerita from Saint Mary's College and Founding Member of the SMC Master of Fine Arts. She is the former Chair of the Friends Of the Institute (C.G. Jung Institute, San Francisco). She has attended six artists' residencies, published eight books of poetry and APPETITE, Food as Metaphor, An Anthology of Women's Poetry (BOA Editions). Currently she emails a Poetry Post of her recent poetry to friends and acquaintances, and includes new poetry by others on her website. She lives in Berkeley, California.


"Approaching the end of her eighth decade, Phyllis Stowell makes unexpected use of the loose threads left over from incomplete initiations of her past. Bringing the reader into the contained space of a late-life Jungian analysis, she shapes a moving prose narrative and a new poem-cycle out of scraps of dreams and the associations they stir in her and in the analyst. We are with her on a deeper journey of attitude-change that begins by setting aside a premature intuition that she may have spent a lifetime getting nowhere. The light that returns to Stowell on this bend in her life's road flames like a brilliant fall tree, illuminating the ambiguities of individuation for all of us."

-John Beebe, author of Integrity in Depth

"Transformations gives a virtual check list of what those of us in the process of aging secretly worry through. Phyllis Stowell documents the phenomena of aging by way of her personal process, including relevant details of her childhood and life. It comes alive like fiction--characters, voice, falling apart, the losses, frustrations, symptoms and pain, expressed also in poetic moments and poetry. That's why we understand and gain so much from this book. It is her gift to us."

-Patricia Berry, author of Echo's Subtle Body: Contributions to an Archetypal Psychology