Welcome to my website. I am a psychiatrist and poet, with a practice in the Berkshires since 1983 when I moved here with my family. Please explore my website to learn more about my psychiatric practice and poetry.
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My newest book, PRACTICE , has been published after winning a Finalist Prize from Brick Road Poetry Press. The poem, “How a Lobsterman Looks at the Sea” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, was a finalist for the Hippocrates Prize in poetry, and was published on Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry # 576” in April, 2016 . “Playing God in the Hospital” also received a Pushcart Prize nomination.
Glenn Losack, photographed the cover image for Practice (and Secret Wounds). I recommend a visit to his gallery of photographs.
A new poem, “The Fisherman” was published in the anthology “Liberation: New Works on Freedom from Internationally Renowned Poets” . The poem was commissioned by the Terezin Music Foundation to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps. 63 poets from around the world contributed to the anthology.
A selection of poems from my first book “How JFK Killed My Father” have been translated into Greek by Miltos Arvanitakis, a film maker and radiologist who lives and practices in Thessaloniki.
HERE is the coverof the translation from “Anatomy Laboratory.” Miltos, and his collaborator Angelos Grollios won the Literary Translation Award 2016 from The European Institute for Literary Translation for their work.
My portrait appeared in psychiatrist/photographer Sebastian Zimmerman’s book “Fifty Shrinks” and a cropped version appears on the back cover of Practice. Sebastian’s ongoing project is to photograph therapists in their offices. HERE is the full image captured in my Lenox, Massachusetts office. I love the pickup truck in the window.
I was interviewed by Ren Powell for her podcast, “The Choice.” Ren (who recently earned her doctorate) is an American who has lived in Norway for many years where she works as a theater teacher, playwright, and poet . She also wrote a great essay on her experience with Bipolar Disorder for my book, Poets on Prozac: Mental Illness, Treatment, and the Creative Process. Here is Ren’s description of her podcast: “I am curious how the process of writing poetry affects poet’s daily lives – affects the choices we make, that – in turn -shape our lives. I live far away from other English-writing poets and I this is a way for me to sit down over a glass of wine, or cup of coffee, and chat with poets I admire – and to learn from them.” The interview made me feel like I was talking to Norway’s Terry Gross!