Jung and Rich is an allegorical foray into Shadow archetypes. Archetypes are roles or characters that we play with one another and define a number of behavioural aspects, for instance upon being triggered our Shadow can take control and simply react the way it has learnt to keep the ‘you’ safe.
Jung’s model includes twelve archetypes, but the model I have experienced as workable and transformative uses four; The Lover, The Warrior, The Magician and The Sovereign. Each has gateway emotions, masculine and feminine aspects, animal instincts, wounding messages and so forth.
The poems in this anthology are very much stripped back from my usual style of deliberate confusion as I wanted to include more informational aspects to each archetype. They are all interrelated in their narrative, with each archetype’s story featuring the other three.
Those of you who are familiar with my work may have seen the emerging trend of my referencing the archetypes in other anthologies. This is the first time I’ve written about them exclusively as I was attempting to write them as objectively as possible and that ended up with them becoming very subjective instead!
So, without further ado, Jung and Rich.
Below is a table of contents. Click the title of any poem to read it. At the bottom of the page is an audio block where you can stream the audio recordings. You can also visit the anthology’s archive by clicking the download link below.