- Davis, Cortney
- Date of entry: Aug-11-2021
Richard Berlin is the author of two poetry chapbooks and three full-length poetry collections. "Freud on My Couch," Berlin's fourth full-length collection, consists of 46 poems divided into six sections, and a "Notes" section at the end. As in his previous collections, Berlin writes as a physician, husband, father, friend, lover of music--and as a man who understands that he and his patients share a common and fragile humanity.
In this brief annotation it's impossible to highlight all the excellent poems in this collection. A few other observations: Berlin has ordered his poems within sections, leading readers through darkness and light with safety. The "Notes" section at the book's close helpfully explains both medical jargon and offers background information on some of the poems. Both seasoned caregivers and new, apprehensive students will find these poems enlightening, familiar, satisfying, and encouraging.
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