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Annie Blake is an Australian writer and divergent thinker. She is a wife and mother of five children. She started school as an EAL student and was raised and, continues to live in a multicultural and industrial location in the West of Melbourne. Her research aims to exfoliate branches of psychoanalysis and metaphysics. She is currently focusing on in medias res and arthouse writing. She enjoys exploring symbology and the surreal and phantasmagorical nature of unconscious material. Her work is best understood when interpreted like dreams. She holds a Bachelor of Teaching (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) and a Graduate Diploma in Education (Australian Catholic University).

She is a member of the C G Jung Society of Melbourne and Existentialist Society in Melbourne. You can visit her on annieblakethegatherer.blogspot.com.au and https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009445206990.

 

 

Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Metapsychosis, Witch Craft Magazine, Three Drops From a Cauldron, Visitant, Lonesome October Lit, Menacing Hedge, The Cerurove, The Wax Paper, Neologism Poetry Journal, Blakelight, Minetta Review, Hungry Chimera Magazine, The Writing Disorder, The Lark, Misfitmagazine.net/, The Furious Gazelle, Gone Lawn, Futures Trading, Cat on a Leash Review, 45th Parallel, Communion Arts Journal, Borrowed Solace, Gambling the Aisle, The RavensPerch, West Texas Literary Review, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Riggwelter Press, Lady Blue Literary Arts Journal, The Hunger, The Slag Review, Sky Island Journal, Trampset, Anomaly Literary Journal, Haikuniverse, North of Oxford, Blue Heron Review, Mascara Literary Review, Red Savina Review, Antipodes, Uneven Floor, The Voices Project, Into the Void, Southerly, Hello Horror, Verity La, GFT Press, About Place Journal, Gravel, Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite Poetry Review and elsewhere.

 

Her Poem 'The Toys We Play With' has been nominated for the 2019 Puschart Prize by Misfitmagazine.net.

Her Fiction ‘How I Swallowed a Snake’ has been nominated for the 2018 Pushcart Prize by The Slag Review.

Her poem ‘These Grey Streets’ was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize by Vine Leaves Literary Journal.

MY WRITING

The reason I write is because I feel a great urge to individuate. Being creative helps me to understand the world around me and the people who grow out of it. In payment for my individuation I aim to share my insights about social issues, relationships and the splitting and union of the Self with the Collective.

Through my own research in philosophy, sociology and psychoanalysis, in particular the psychology of Freud and Jung (Archetypes and Symbols) I have learnt that the solutions of life are in ourselves and what we see as the world are projections of what lies inside us.

"It is painful because to do so is to expose parts of our selves that got us into trouble with or caused us to be rejected. There was trouble when we expressed unacceptable feelings, like: "I am afraid" or "I need you" or "I miss you" or "Please leave the lights on" or "Please don't leave me alone" or "I hate you" or "Go to hell." There is a huge range of negative feelings that were disallowed and we are afraid to expose them because we do not want to be rejected by touching the same hot stove that burned us when we were kids. We want people to love our art and us, but we fear that they will reject both if we truly reveal who we are and what we feel. How could we feel otherwise? That was a burn that still hurts." " Guilt With a Twist" by Lawrence H. Staples PH.D.



"It is my conviction that a review of the complicated and contradictory ways in which a person's parents are registered in the mind, centering on an exploration of love and hatred toward them, is a necessary part of every attempt to understand oneself and others." "Is There Life Without Mother? Psychoanalysis, Biography, Creativity" by Leonard Shengold.









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