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Poetry meets Psychology in a fascinating encounter: Poet Simon Corble begins each episode by sharing one of his very latest short poems with Psychologist Adriana Summers...a spontaneous conversation then takes off between the two of them, full of insight, honesty, wisdom and quite a few laughs along the way. Adriana brings in the mental health issues she is dealing with on a daily basis amongst her clients, while Simon draws on memories, life experiences and his own concerns for people's men ...
 
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We revisit the poem from two episodes back...as it turned out there was a lot more to be said about losing someone close to you...when it is their own choice. Adriana reveals her own loss, on these terms, of someone who could not have been closer and of how she slowly learned to come to terms with it.…
 
We were given a Cyclamen as a present by a close friend one Christmas. Two years later it took on a whole new meaning, as a result of what the friend did that subsequent Christmas. Some difficult feelings of memories and loss are discussed. But the Cyclamen is also a symbol of regeneration, as it flowers every Winter and lasts well into Spring with…
 
In this first episode of our new Spring Season, I share a fairly light-hearted poem all about the subtle changes that have happened in my wardrobe over recent years...but some darker truths are revealed behind the changes...What are we saying to the world by wearing dull colours? And there is lots about birds...…
 
We catch up for a short review of Season One and look forward to Spring and Season Two with a celebration of my local Song Thrush. Featuring my field recordings of him singing in the churchyard of our village in the evening. At the end of the episode I share someone else's poem, for a change....What the Thrush Said, by John Keats.…
 
I wrote a Christmas Card in sonnet form to complete strangers - the people who now live in my late godmother's house. This Christmas special explores with Adriana why I did this and a whole raft of issues that come from this one moment, looking back on what I knew of my godmother's life...and all of my own.…
 
In sharing my poem 'Reliance' I share our experience of feeding a wild Robin on our daily dog walk and of an earlier encounter with a fox's stash and a circling buzzard. We discuss the dangers of making wild things or even each other too dependant, of when to step back and be aware of consequences and of the ultimate interdependance of all living t…
 
I share my poem called, 'I Wish' which leads to a fascinating exploration of the power that virtual reality and the future 'metaverse' might hold over our lives, versus the natural power of the human magination - Are we are in danger of demoting the amazing gift we are all born with? What does the future hold for creative thinking?…
 
I created the term 'polyphobia' for the feeling of being overwhelmed by too much information; a very modern phenomenon and one that Adriana says she recognises, but not everyone she sees understands what may be happening to them. My poem of the same name is about one of my coping strategies.By Simon Corble and Adriana Summers
 
A moment on my backdoor step, listening to the wind in the trees one Autumnal evening, becomes the starting point for our talk about finding meaning in what seem like inconsequential moments. And about gratitude and about giving ourselves and our children the freedom to find meaning for themselves.By Simon Corble and Adriana Summers
 
Looking back to some powerful experiences I had directing Shakespeare's plays in the natural environment - e.g. The Tempest on a tidal island, Adriana finds some links in what I was doing and I get quite emotional. Themes of healing and acceptance are discovered.By Simon Corble and Adriana Summers
 
I read my poem "Thank You" - written after receiving a book about wild bees as a present - and we talk about the tension between an artistic approach to the living world and the scientific standpoint. How does this tension affect the work of a psychologist, where both empathy and scientific detachment are needed?…
 
I read one of my latest poems, Holiday Hints, which combines two slices of what to do in different emergencies (fire and tide) with advice I hear from a pebble found on a Scottish beach... We explore the power of stones, their use in therapy and talk about threatening, or challenging situations.By Simon Corble and Adriana Summers
 
I read my poem "Worry" - about watching our garden birds and whether they must feel anxiety as humans do - and we go on to talk about the causes of anxiety and panic, using our own experiences as models. The episode ends with Adriana's very moving account of how she helped an eight year old girl in the depths of the grief at losing her father sudde…
 
I read my very latest poem, "To a writer heard at four A.M. on the BBC World Service" and I ask Adriana for an explanation for the obsession with bad news in the media. Is being generally very happy really a barrier to producing meanginful work as a writer? Do I have darker depths that I can explore? (Like the writer I heard speaking). Should I rea…
 
Ahead of going for a holiday by the sea, (my first in two years) I read my poem written in response to deciding on a total STAYCATION in 2020 - i.e. to not go anywhere at all. We ask what is the attraction of the sea for humans? Why is it so powerful and what do we get out of being by and in the sea?…
 
I read my poem "Song of the Landmine Fairy" and we explore my creative process. Why is so much of it private? How do I go about creating and how do I know that what I write is going to connect with anyone? (And I mistakenly introduce it as Episode 10, when it is in fact number nine - but who's counting?)…
 
I read my poem, "Swift Departures, (One and Two)" and we reflect on the ephemeral nature of life, its unpredictability and on making the most of it and of those around us while we still have their company. We go on to ask how we can build a society that is better integrated across the generations.By Simon Corble and Adriana Summers
 
In my latest coversation with Adriana, I share my poem, 'Good Mornings' written in March of this year, after an everyday encounter which breached the rules on social distancing ( I realised later) and we talk about the uncertainties around "returning to normal" with our social interactions. Have some things changed for good? Or worse? How does it f…
 
I read my short poem "Currents" about a one-sided conversation I had, with a now departed friend, at the bottom of my garden one sunny afternoon. We go on to discuss the feelings described - including "unbearable joy" and also talk about the power of silence...how much can be said using it, or during it.…
 
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