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Distance and fusion in Robinson Jeffers' “the purse-seine” and other poems

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Abstract

Distance and fusion are fundamental ideas in Bowenian thinking, especially as expressed in the dynamic of distancing and pursuing. In this paper I have used these ideas as a means to briefly examine a short selection of Robinson Jeffers' poetry, which provides us with a literary example of these concepts in action.

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My thanks to M. K. Lane and the anonymous reviewers of an earlier draft of this article for their many suggestions, especially to the reviewer who helped me better distinguish between “distance” and “fusion,” and “intimacy” and “autonomy”.

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Johnson, S. Distance and fusion in Robinson Jeffers' “the purse-seine” and other poems. Contemp Fam Ther 14, 171–178 (1992). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00898084

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