A Poetics Of The Drive

A Poetics of the Drive: Freud, Lacan, Moths and Poetry

A lecture by Annie G. Rogers PhD
FEBRUARY 13, 2023 | 10AM CST

To explore a poetics of the drive, Dr. Rogers brings to her talk original prints of moths and lines of poetry that grew out of her daily practice of writing and drawing during the the Covid pandemic—alongside her clinical practice as an analyst—over a period of four months. Considering the drive as a montage conceptually, she turns to sources in Freud and Lacan. To elaborate her poetics, she relies on the online Oxford English Dictionary and the South African printmaker, William Kentridge as sources. Throughout the presentation Rogers constructs the working of the drive as a metaphoric process (bridging discontinuous elements to convey something otherwise impossible) and as metonymic in its path (illustrated through images presented as a series with linkages among them), using her original moth prints and poetry, which retain their references to a particular historic moment.

This event is presented by the MA in Art Therapy & Counseling Program, School of the Art Institute Chicago, with co-sponsors Depth Counseling, Center for Religion and Psychotherapy Chicago, Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis, and Chicago Circle of the Freudian School of Quebec.

Annie G. Rogers, PhD

About the Presenter

Annie G. Rogers, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Psychology at Hampshire College and has a private practice in Amherst, Massachusetts. She is a supervising and teaching Analyst at the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis in San Francisco and Vice-President of its Board. She is a printmaker and member of Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, Massachusetts. Formerly a Fulbright Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; Radcliffe and Murray Fellow at Harvard University; Whiting Fellow at Hampshire College; and Erikson Scholar at Austen Riggs, Dr. Rogers has published fiction and poetry as well as three clinical books: A Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy (1995); The Unsayable: The Hidden Language of Trauma (2005); and Incandescent Alphabets: Psychosis and the Enigma of Language (2016)