A Forest of Ideas

Ramblings in Interpretative Frameworks




Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/14/2014

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 308
ISBN : 9781490744179
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 308
ISBN : 9781490744186

About the Book

Blake Parker worked on this series of writings in the last year of his life while he lived with a terminal diagnosis of cancer. It is a mixture of poetry, dialogues, book reports, and short essays, formed as a sort of shorthand to a number of concepts, primarily from sociology and anthropology, which he saw as useful, if not actually essential, for understanding symbolic interpretation and the essence of the therapeutic process within a social and cultural context. He designed the psychoanalytic and therapeutic diagrams to clarify concepts and as teaching aids for art therapy students and therapists. Blake uses a phenomenological understanding of metaphor in order to throw light upon the process of social construction, creativity, and conceptions of mysticism or spirituality. The book includes some of his personal reflections regarding death, dying, creativity, and the meaning of life. The “notes” are essentially a hermeneutic of mysticism, a moving from the parts to the whole and the whole to the parts. It is a forest of ideas and ramblings in interpretive frameworks that emerged and is presented in a circular spiral.

About the Author

Blake Parker: Sept. 25, 1943 – Jan. 30, 2007 Blake Parker, MA, a medical anthropologist and performance poet, taught psychoanalytic concepts, symbolic interpretation, culturally-infused views of mental illness, research methods and poetry for many years at the Kutenai Art Therapy Institute (KATI), Nelson, BC. Blake was also a partner in Blue Heron Productions: Research in Communication tools, collaborating with Monica Carpendale in designing nine therapeutic communication board games which are sold around the world. Blake Parker was a spoken word artist, performance poet, multimedia artist and collaborator, known for his improvisation and evocative voice. He was involved in writing and performance poetry for all of his adult life and was very involved in the cross-fertilization of different disciplines creating a number of experimental and mixed media collaborations.