We Are Barometers of the City; Collected Poems by Psychologists

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This article is a collection of poetry by psychologists who practice in cities, mainly sunny Sydney, with solidarity from others. Poetic introspection gives us access beyond the visible into the affective atmosphere present in our therapy rooms, but also embodied at the beach, in the streets, in houses and apartments, in schools and further beyond the crowds to the bush and further to the island prisons and England and the United States. We present poetry as cultural data, a snapshot of the city.

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Rhodes, P., Azim, K.A., Saab, K. et al. We Are Barometers of the City; Collected Poems by Psychologists. Hu Arenas 2, 170–185 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42087-018-0033-7

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Keywords

  • Poetry
  • Practice
  • Atmospheres
  • Cities